Knife man raped woman while on sentence for attack

Francis Drummond was jailed for six years at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Bill Henry
Francis Drummond was jailed for six years at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Bill Henry
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A rapist who attacked a woman with a knife before sexually assaulting her days later has been jailed for six years.

Francis Drummond, 49, was under a community payback order requiring him to carry out 200 hours unpaid work for an assault on the same victim when he carried out the latest offence.

Drummond attacked the woman at a house in Armadale, in West Lothian, on October 23 last year.

During the assault he repeatedly kicked and punched the victim and held a knife to her throat and pushed the weapon into her neck.

Later while she was still injured he ignored her plea not to have sex and went ahead and raped the victim.

A judge told Drummond at the High Court in Edinburgh: “Your background is blighted by your chronic alcoholism and your bad record reflects that.”

Lady Scott said: “I have no doubt you pose a risk of serious harm to women.”

She ordered that he should be kept under supervision for a further two years following his jail sentence.

The judge told him: “When released on licence, if you breach the conditions of licence your licence may be revoked and you may be returned to prison to serve the full term.”

Drummond had earlier denied assaulting and raping the woman, but was found guilty of the offences by a jury after trial.

He was convicted of attacking the woman to her severe injury and permanent disfigurement and assaulting and raping her three days later.

Defence solicitor advocate Ian Bryce said there had been “chronic abuse of alcohol over a sustained period of time”.

“He is under no illusions what the sentence of this court will be,” he said.

Mr Bryce said Drummond did realise that there were parts of his life that required to have work done on them.

Drummond, described as a prisoner in Addiewell jail, was earlier placed on the sex offenders register.