Rapist dies af­ter 15-year fight to clear name

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMES WYLLIE

A con­victed rapist who spent 15 years try­ing to clear his name has died of can­cer.

For­mer pro­fes­sional golfer, Gra­ham Gor­don, 57, was jailed for five years af­ter he was found guilty of rap­ing a woman he met in an Aberdeen night­club in 2001.

Gor­don al­ways main­tained his in­no­cence. He told the jury the woman was a will­ing part­ner.

He served three years and four months af­ter he was sen­tenced at Stone­haven High Court.

He launched an ap­peal but it was re­jected in 2004.

The fol­low­ing year, he rep­re­sented him­self at a hear­ing of the Scottish Crim­i­nal Cases Re­view Com­mis­sion to have his case re-opened. It was passed to the High Court, but not up­held. The case was pre­sented to the SCCRC again in 2011, which ruled it would not have been in the in­ter­ests of jus­tice, due to the length of time which had passed since his con­vic­tion.

It did ad­mit Gor­don “may” have suf­fered a mis­car­riage of jus­tice.

Last year, he un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to sue the Scottish Gov­ern­ment and SCCRC for nearly £700,000 for “gross neg­li­gence”.

Gra­ham Gor­don tried to sue the Scottish Gov­ern­ment

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