Sex at­tack man gets 12 years

Cross-dresser’s bru­tal as­sault in woman’s car­a­van

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A CROSS-DRESSER has been jailed for 12 years after be­ing con­victed of a bru­tal sex at­tack on a woman at a re­mote car­a­van.

Masked Thomas Feeney, 47, from Air­drie, tied up his vic­tim at gun­point and cov­ered her mouth and eyes with duct tape be­fore sub­ject­ing her to a hu­mil­i­at­ing or­deal.

Min­utes be­fore Feeney had forced her to hand over £2,000 in sav­ings and also took the keys to her BMW 3 se­ries car.

Be­fore he left Feeney, who told the court he

You sex­u­ally abused her and your de­fence was pre­pos­ter­ous

likes to dress up as a woman, picked up a pink thong and a pur­ple bra from the top of his 33-year-old vic­tim’s laun­dry bag.

Feeney was found guilty of rob­bing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the woman at a static car­a­van near Shotts, North La­nark­shire, on Septem­ber 5 last year, with in­tent to rape.

He was also con­victed of us­ing an imi­ta­tion gun with i ntent to cause the woman to be- lieve un­law­ful vi­o­lence would be used against her. The High Court in Glas­gow heard that the woman had been stay­ing with her fiance in the re­mote static car­a­van while their dream home was be­ing built. The cash was to pay builders’ bills.

The hor­rific in­ci­dent ended with him driv­ing off in her car which was later found aban­doned.

The court heard that Feeney’s vic­tim is now ter­ri­fied to be alone as a re­sult of the hor­rific at­tack on her.

Judge Nor­man Ritchie QC told Feeney: “This was a planned crime. You ap­pear to have had some inside in­for­ma­tion about money within the car­a­van. You went to the car­a­van equipped with cable ties, duct tape, an imi­ta­tion gun and masked and you chose a time when this woman would be on her own.

“You sex­u­ally abused her and your de­fence was pre­pos­ter­ous.”

Feeney had claimed that he was framed for the crime by peo­ple who had it in for him.

But the jury con­victed him unan­i­mously after hear­ing that his DNA was found in the car­a­van, which he claimed he had never vis­ited. His DNA matched that found on the woman’s trousers and pants and on duct tape and two cable ties in the car­a­van.

Feeney was placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter.

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