‘Predator’ who took baby and then raped mum jailed

The judge slammed Colin McKay who continued to blame his victims. Picture: ''Vic Rodrick
The judge slammed Colin McKay who continued to blame his victims. Picture: ''Vic Rodrick
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A RAPIST who attacked a mum after taking her baby from her arms has been jailed for eight years.

Colin McKay, 34, also raped a 15-year-old girl and indecently assaulted another female.

You are noted as adopting a position of extreme denial and blame your victims

Lady Wolffe

The historical cases only came to light after one of his victims had the courage to go to the police last year, with her evidence sparking an official probe by detectives.

A jury earlier found the father-of-two guilty of raping his first victim on two separate occasions in the summer of 2005 after he walked into her home uninvited.

The court heard that he took the teenager’s baby daughter out of her arms and put the child on her bed before pinning the woman against a wall and raping her.

And a few days later he burst into her home for a second time, forced her to the floor and raped her in her hallway as she tearfully begged him to stop. The woman, now 28, said she stared at the wallpaper sobbing as he raped her, then took a bath after he left in a desperate bid to make herself feel clean again.

McKay, 34, was also convicted of raping a 15-year-old babysitter in his home in Armadale while his wife was on holiday between June and September 2005. The girl, now aged 25, gave evidence that he climbed into bed beside her and repeatedly tried to kiss her before forcing her legs apart and raping her.

A jury delivered unanimous verdicts, finding all three rape charges proven, and also returned a majority verdict convicting him of indecently assaulting a third woman in the summer of 2011.

The 33-year-old told the jury that McKay had grabbed her by the wrist and said he could “pay her in kind” before pulling her towards a bedroom.

McKay, of McNeil Crescent, Armadale, who had been self-employed as a handyman at the time of the attacks, was described in court as unemployed and bankrupt. He had denied all of the charges.

Sentencing him at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, judge Lady Wolffe said: “You have been convicted of a number of predatory rapes of women who were vulnerable by reason of their age or circumstances.

“You are noted as adopting a position of extreme denial and blame your victims. There is no alternative to a custodial sentence.”

Detective Inspector Scott Anderson praised the bravery of the women who came forward.

He said: “Colin McKay put his victims through unimaginable distress and it is thanks to the bravery of these women that we were able to ensure that this dangerous predator was removed from the community.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the tireless police effort and the hard work and professionalism shown by our partner agencies including Rape Crisis and Social Services.”