Man tied woman's wrists to radiator and raped her on Valentine's Day

Gilbert Murray was also found guilty of raping a second woman following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Gilbert Murray found guilty at Glasgow High Court of raping two women in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire Getty Images

A sex attacker has been found guilty of tying a woman to a radiator and raping her on Valentine’s Day.

Gilbert Murray subjected the victim to a horror ordeal amid claims he had also told her he had killed her pet rabbit.

The 29-year-old later raped another woman after demanding she have sex.

Murray was found guilty of five charges following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

The crimes spanned between December 2012 and January 2019 at different addresses in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.

He already had a criminal record including a conviction for a domestic assault.

Murray, of Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, was remanded in custody pending sentencing next month.

Murray raped the first woman on February 14, 2016 which included tying her wrists to a radiator.

He had earlier been repeatedly violent towards her with physical attacks starting on Christmas Day 2012.

Prosecutors stated this victim was kicked, punched, pushed down stairs, stamped upon and grabbed by the neck.

In a charge withdrawn during the trial, it was claimed Murray also told the woman he had fatally harmed her rabbit as well as accusations he tried to control who she could contact.

Murray put the second woman through a similar ordeal.

As well as being raped between August 2018 and August 2019, Murray was also physically violent to her including choking her.

In another charge which was deleted by prosecutors, it was said Murray told this victim that he had “access to a gun” and threatened to shoot her.

After the verdicts, a woman among a group of Murray’s supporters said to him: “We know that you did not do it.”

Murray was guilty of raping the first victim as well as assaulting her to her injury.

He was convicted of two charges of rape on the second woman and assaulting her to her severe injury.

Mark Moir KC, defending, said Murray had previously served a jail term, but that his previous convictions were mainly road traffic matters and anti-social behaviour.

But, the advocate told Judge John McCormick: “One that may cause some concern is from October 2019 relating to an assault to injury with a domestic aggravation.”

Murray was put on the sex offenders list.

Judge McCormick told him: “Bail will be revoked and you will be remanded in custody.”

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