Delivery driver is convicted of raping four women

Bishop was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Bishop was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh.

A LOTHIAN man who claimed he was “caring”, “considerate” and had “respect” towards women has been convicted of raping four females.

Scott Pollock, 28, believed that six women had conspired against him in a bid to wrongly smear him as a sexual predator.

The delivery driver told jurors at the High Court in Edinburgh that he had no other idea why the women claimed he had raped them. He told prosecution lawyer Alex Prentice QC that he thought his victims were “jealous”.

Each of the women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave similar accounts about how he targeted them.

Pollock, however, maintained that he was an innocent man who had been framed.

But after failing to come up with a convincing explanation of why he was being targeted, the jurors convicted Pollock of rape and sexual assault.

He wept as judge Lord Ericht told him he was being put on the Sex Offenders Register.

Lord Ericht told jurors: “You have carried a heavy responsibility in what has been a serious case.”

The judge’s comments came at the end of a week-long trial for Pollock, whose address was given in legal papers as Headlesscross Farm, Bathgate, West Lothian.

Prosecutors claimed that he had raped and sexually assaulted six women at various locations in West Lothian between May 2007 and June 2011.

However, a jury returned verdicts of rape and sexual assault with regard to four of the complainers in the case.

Pollock chose to give evidence and, during cross-
examination, prosecution lawyer Alex Prentice QC asked: “Would you consider yourself a caring and considerate man? Someone who has respect for a woman?”

Pollock replied: “Yes.” Mr Prentice then said: “Do you ask the ladies and gentlemen to form the view of you that you are a caring and loving man and that it is just unfortunate that six people came along to this court and told wicked lies about you?”

He replied: “Yes.” Mr Prentice then asked: “Do you suggest that they conspired together?” Pollock replied: “Yes.” The top prosecutor then asked: “All of this great conspiracy to have you convicted of serious crimes?”

Pollock replied: “ Yes.” Mr Prentice then asked: “Why on Earth would they do that?”

Pollock replied: “I don’t know. They’re jealous.” He will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on July 29.