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Last Updated: Friday, 16 September 2005, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Orkney man convicted of two rapes
An Orkney fishermen has been found guilty of raping two young women on separate occasions in his car.

The High Court in Inverness heard how Robert Stanger had taken advantage of his victims, aged 19 and 21, when they were drunk and emotionally distressed.

The 37-year-old denied the attacks, which happened in July 2004 and January this year, lodging a special defence that the sex was consensual.

Judge Lord Menzies deferred sentence for background reports.

The court was told the rapes had both happened late at night when the women had consumed large quantities of alcohol. They took place months after he separated from his wife.

Stanger had discovered his first victim lying drunk in the street in Stromness in Orkney.

Suicidal thoughts

He had taken her into his car, driven to a remote spot and raped her after she had passed out.

Six months later a second woman had agreed to take a lift from him after a heavy drinking session. He drove away from Stromness and raped her in his car.

The jury heard he had contemplated suicide after the second rape because he claimed he felt he was being "set up again".

Stanger was remanded in custody pending sentence.




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