Former medical student facing jail after raping young woman in flat

Daniel McFarlane preyed on the victim at her flat in Glasgow's Finnieston area.

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A former medical student is facing jail after being convicted of raping a young woman.

Daniel McFarlane preyed on the victim at her flat in Glasgow’s Finnieston area.

The 23-year-old later contacted a friend to admit he had done “despicable things” – then tried to get him to delete the messages.

McFarlane denied the crimes claiming any admission of guilt were “false”.

But, he was on Wednesday convicted of two rape charges and attempting to defeat the ends of justice following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

First offender McFarlane, now of Inverness, will be sentenced later this month.

The attacks occurred between December 2017 and February 2018.

McFarlane – also a talented amateur athlete – once struck after returning from a competition in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

The young woman went on to state to the attacker: “You cannot keep doing stuff like that.

“I cannot keep forgiving you for things that you have done to me.”

McFarlane was later confronted by a mutual friend in a series of messages.

In one, he claimed: “I did not rape her again”.

McFarlane then further said he knew he had “done things that are despicable”.

His lawyer Lorenzo Alonzi asked: “Why did you say that?”

He replied: “I was just trying to pacify them. They (victim and friend) were saying ‘you are a terrible person’ and I was saying ‘yes, just leave me alone’.”

McFarlane later told jurors that he “regretted” sending such messages as he was “admitting to things that he did not do”.

He insisted he did not rape the victim and asked for messages to be deleted as they were “false admissions”.

Jurors on Wednesday found a further rape charge and an accusation of assaulting the same woman not proven.

Mr Alonzi asked for McFarlane not to be remanded pending sentencing citing a number of reasons including treatment the rapist is receiving for a health condition.

Lord Scott agreed continue to bail meantime and adjourned the case for reports.

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