Victim’s anger as rapist free to walk streets

Andrew Hamilton raped a woman near St John's Hoapital in Livingston. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Andrew Hamilton raped a woman near St John's Hoapital in Livingston. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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THE victim of a brutal rapist has hit out after her attacker was freed early and allowed to walk the streets unsupervised.

Andrew Hamilton, 26, was jailed for five years in 2010 for raping the woman, then 18, after pouncing on her in broad daylight on a busy footpath close to St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

He was released last month and moved to a hostel in Edinburgh’s New Town, but ordered to be strictly supervised when out in public.

However, he has since been seen leaving the hostel on his own and strolling the streets.

His victim said: “It makes a mockery of the justice system. They are protecting the people who have done these horrible things. They are not protecting the people whose lives have been ruined.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Offenders sentenced to four years or more are subject to licence conditions on release. Scotland has among the most stringent checks anywhere on sex offenders.”