Rapist jailed

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A se­rial rapist who waged a cam­paign of sex­ual abuse and bru­tal­ity against women, in­clud­ing one in Cas­tle Dou­glas, was jailed for 10 years yes­ter­day.

Michael Cain, 45, com­mit­ted of­fences tar­geted at women for more than two decades and sub­jected j three vic­tims to rape or­deals.

Judge Lord Burns at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh or­dered that Cain, right, for­merly of Ar­mour Drive in Dum­fries, should be mon­i­tored and su­per­vised for r a fur­ther four-year pe­riod.

He told Cain: “You were convicted by the jury of a se­ries of of­fences against a se­ries of women over a very long time.

“You pose a se­ri­ous risk, to women in par­tic­u­lar, and will do so for a con­sid­er­able pe­riod dof time of time, hav­ing hav­ing re­gard tore­gard to your age.

“You have shown ab­so­lutely no re­morse for this cam­paign of abuse against women.”

Cain de­nied a string of charges but was found guilty of 14 of­fences, in­clud­ing rape, as­sault, breach of the peace and threat­en­ing be­hav­iour that be­gan in 1995.

He as­saulted one of the women be­tween 2015 and 2017 at Cas­tle Dou­glas and re­peat­edly struck her on the head and body and pinned her against a wall.

Cain also pushed the vic­tim against a car and grabbed her, leav­ing her fear­ing she would be pushed into a river, and head-butted her.

He also threat­ened her with vi­o­lence and told her not to speak to other men and de­manded money from her. He also raped the woman on a sin­gle oc­ca­sion when he grabbed her by the hair and forced her to bend over dur­ing the at­tack in Dum­fries.

In 2001 at a guest house and an­other ad­dress in Dum­fries he re­peat­edly sub­jected an­other woman to rape at­tacks.

Be­tween June, 2001, and Septem­ber the fol­low­ing year he twice at­tacked an­other woman at a prop­erty in Dum­fries and spat on her face, kicked her, pushed her down a flight of stairs and grabbed her leg and forced it to­wards her shoul­der.

A fur­ther vic­tim was as­saulted by Cain be­tween May, 2005, and Novem­ber, 2011, and was slapped on the face, grabbed by the throat and pinned against a wall. On one oc­ca­sion, when she was preg­nant, Cain pushed her down a flight of stairs.

Cain also raped the woman on a sin­gle oc­ca­sion at a house in Dum­fries when he pushed onto her back and held her arms down.

Sen­tence was de­ferred on Cain un­til yes­ter­day for the prepa­ra­tion of a back­ground re­port but the court heard no such re­port was avail­able and he twice left meet­ings with a so­cial worker.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor ad­vo­cate John Keenan said Cain wanted to be sen­tenced and could be as he has pre­vi­ously served a jail sen­tence.

He said that Cain, who con­tin­ues to deny the of­fences, has been sub­jected to threats while in cus­tody.

A 61-year-old man who was in pos­ses­sion of in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren and ex­treme porn has been placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ regis­ter by the sher­iff at Dum­fries.

The length of the pe­riod will be de­ter­mined when Si­mon Church­man, of Camp belt on Cot tag es, Twyn holm, ap­pears for sen­tence next month fol­low­ing the prepa­ra­tion of a back­ground re­port.

He pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of the ex­treme porn im­ages be­tween March, 2011, and March last year and also ad­mit­ted that be­tween Fe­bru­ary, 2009, and March last year he down­loaded in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren. Sen­tence was de­ferred to March 27.

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