Rapist jailed for years of attacks on women

Andrew Miller was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Bill Henry
Andrew Miller was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Bill Henry
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A rapist who was accused of being a coward and a bully was jailed for 11 years today after brutalising women.

Andrew Miller was assessed as posing a “very high risk” to others after he was convicted of attacking, indecently assaulting and raping one woman and attacking another.

A judge told Miller at the High Court in Edinburgh: “You were found guilty after trial by a jury of a number of serious charges.”

Lord Brailsford added: “There is an incomplete insight into the gravity of your offending and the effect it has had on the victims.”

The judge told Miller, 36, that he had an extensive criminal record that extended throughout his adult life.

Miller had told his earlier trial: “I am a criminal. I admit to doing bad things, but I am not a rapist.”

He assaulted one woman in the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh during 1998 and 1999 when she was repeatedly threatened, punched, kicked, slapped and dragged by the hair.

A second victim, now aged 34, was also assaulted between 1999 and 2013 at different places in Edinburgh, Kinghorn, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy in Fife.

Miller, formerly of Alexandra Street, Kirkcaldy, threatened to kill the woman and tried to strangle her. He also threatened to take her children away from her.

During the assaults she was repeatedly punched and kicked. She was slapped and dragged by the hair and her head was hit against a parked car. Millar also flicked a lit cigarette at her.

The victim was pregnant when some of the assaults on her occurred.

Miller also raped the woman and carried out a sex attack on her in 2011 during which she was pushed to the floor and her trousers were ripped off.

He indecently assaulted her by forcing his hand into her and threatened to kill her, put a knife against her neck and punched her and slapped her.

The woman suffered injuries such as broken ribs and a black eye as a result of the violence.

Miller had denied sexually assaulting the woman but told jurors he had slapped and punched her.

Advocate depute Douglas Fairley QC put it to Miller that nobody liked sex offenders in prison and the one thing he would never admit to was a sexual assault. He replied: “Because it never happened.”

The prosecutor accused Miller of being a bully, a coward and a liar.

Miller told police: “There is no need for a guy to hit a lassie. Full stop.”

Miller also breached bail conditions by sending messages to the victim on a social networking site after he was freed at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in 2013.

Defence counsel Brian McConnachie QC said of Miller: “From his previous convictions, he is a man who is no stranger to imprisonment.”

But the defence counsel added that his previous offending did not include sex crimes.

He said that drugs had been “a major issue” for Miller and his life had been blighted by abusing them.

Lord Brailsford also ordered that Miller should be kept under supervision for a further two years as a public protection measure.