Man found guilty of Fife rape

An Inverness man has been found guilty of raping and assaulting a Kirkcaldy woman in 2005 at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 5:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:44 pm
Gilliard was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Gilliard was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh.

James Gilliard (35) had denied sexually assaulting the 31-year-old after throwing her down a flight of stairs and locking her in a cupboard, keeping her there against her will.

The builder also denied raping a second woman in Inverness in 2010, and committing a breach of peace in the city in 2015, shouting and swearing at a woman.

Following conviction, it emerged that Gilliard had previous convictions for assault and breach of the peace.

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Judge Lady Carmichael deferred sentence on Gilliard for the court to obtain reports about his character. She added: “Mr Gilliard, you have been convicted of a number of serious offences.”

Sentence is due in August.