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VIOLENT RAPIST LOCKED UP FOR 7 YEARS

Beast carried out attack after jail release

- COURT REPORTER

A vile Airdrie attacker who raped a terrified woman just hours after he had been freed from jail has been locked up for seven years.

Thomas Gordon, 30, pounced on his stunned victim who had earlier written a letter to help get him released.

Gordon made her claim she did not want to press charges after he was held for assaulting and stalking her, as well as daubing graffiti at her home.

The fiend struck at a house in his home town in September 2019 having already carried out a sex attack on another woman.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow last week, having earlier been found guilty of 10 charges.

Gordon has a previous conviction for serious domestic assault with a knife.

Passing sentence, Lord Weir told him: “The jury reached the conclusion that you subjected the women to a violent course of conduct.

“Your offending has escalated to a new and worrying level.”

Gordon will also be supervised for three years on his release.

He was put on the sex offenders register and must not contact the victims – both for an indefinite period.

Weeks before the rape, Gordon had

kicked the woman on the head and left her terrified by leaving a string of texts and voicemails.

He also painted“abusive messages” on the walls and door of her home.

He eventually ended up on remand in HMP Addiewell, where he contacted a relative of the woman to get in touch with her on his behalf.

Gordon explained: “i asked to see if she could tell the court that the kick which happened was an accident.”

His lawyer Tony Lenehan put it to him: “Was it intended to get the charges dropped? ”gordon responded: “i was going to plead guilty to the vandalism charge.”

The woman went on to write “four pages of lies ”for Gordon, who ended up being freed on bail on September 19 two years ago.

That night he and the woman had a Chinese meal together.

But, the next morning, he raped her, grabbed her by the throat and shouted and swore at her.

Gordon claimed the woman had agreed to engage in sexual activity.

He insisted: “i am certainly not a rapist.” However, months before, in February 2019, he had pounced on another woman at a different address in Airdrie.

This attack saw the violent thug stamp and kick the woman as well as try to pull off some of her clothes. Gordon punched and kicked this woman on other occasions too.

He also arranged for a series of food deliveries to be made at her home to “wind her up”.

Among the charges, Gordon was convicted of raping one of the women, assaulting her and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He was further guilty of assaulting the other victim with intent to rape and physical attacking.

He was also convicted of being threatenin­g and abusive to both.

His advocate Mr Lenehan said Gordon “maintains the position ”of denial at his trial.

 ??  ?? High Court Gordon was sentenced in Glasgow
High Court Gordon was sentenced in Glasgow

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