Chef jailed for five years after raping woman in flat as she slept

Ross Nicol forced himself on top of the woman and grabbed her by the throat before raping her at the flat in Edinburgh.

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A head chef who raped a sleeping woman after she allowed him to spend the night at her home has been jailed for five years.

Ross Nicol took advantage of the victim at the flat in Edinburgh’s Slateford area on August 31, 2018.

The woman awoke to find the 31 year-old sex predator on top of her while grabbing her throat.

He was sentenced on Tuesday at the High Court in Glasgow.

Nicol – also a former history and philosophy student – had earlier been convicted of rape following a trial in Edinburgh in May.

Jurors heard how the victim knew her attacker and they had been on a night out with others before the incident.

It ended up too late for Nicol, of Burntisland, Fife, to get home and the woman offered him the spare room at her flat to stay.

On arriving, she went to bed – but Nicol repeatedly got in beside her and started groping her.

The woman initially managed to push him away.

But, after she fell asleep, the victim was awoken by finding Nicol again in her bed this time raping her.

HIs lawyer today/yesterday said Nicol continues to deny the crime.

Frances Connor, defending, added: “He had become quite a successful chef.

“This was in Fife and then a head chef in Glasgow. 

“He lost his long-term relationship and his employment as a result of this conviction.

“His view is that he is not capable of this behaviour.”

Nicol appeared for the hearing via video link.

Lady Scott told him: “You repeatedly abused the woman while she was asleep and then raped her.

“You were persistent and forceful.”

Nicol was also put on the sex offenders list.

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