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Bailed double rapist is jailed
Robert Stanger
Stanger shies away from the cameras as he leaves court
A rapist who struck after challenging bail restrictions on an earlier attack has been jailed for eight years.

Robert Stanger, from Stromness, Orkney, raped the women in his car on separate occasions when they were drunk.

The judge at the High Court in Edinburgh ordered that Stanger, 37, should remain under strict supervision for a further three years on release.

The second attack happened after the fisherman had challenged a ruling which stopped him from returning to Orkney.

Stanger's trial had heard that he discovered his first victim lying drunk in the street in Stromness.

You have shown little, if any, remorse or empathy for your victims
Judge Lord Menzies

He had taken the 21-year-old into his car, driven to the outskirts of the town and raped her after she had passed out.

When he appeared at Kirkwall Sheriff Court three days after the offence in July last year he was allowed bail, but ordered to stay out of Orkney.

Four months later that condition was overturned.

His lawyer successfully argued that Stanger's human rights had been breached.

He returned to Orkney in January this year and within two months struck again.

Drinking session

After a heavy drinking session with an 18-year-old woman, he drove her to the Bay of Skaill and raped her.

During his trial, Stanger had claimed that the women had consented to sex but a jury found him guilty, by majority.

Sending him to prison, Lord Menzies said he had shown little remorse or empathy for his victims.

He said: "You have taken advantage of two vulnerable young women and you have forced yourself upon them."

Referring to a background report the judge added: "The social inquiry report identifies that you are a very high risk of harm to future potential victims, in particular to young women, and indicates you have shown little, if any, remorse or empathy for your victims."

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