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Rosslyn rapist gets 10 years jail
Robert Greens
Robert Greens has been sentenced to 10 years in prison
A rapist who carried out a brutal sex attack on a Dutch student has been jailed for 10 years.

Robert Greens, 28, was drunk and under the influence of drugs when he set upon his 19-year-old victim near Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian last May.

She was so badly injured a motorist who saw her standing by the side of the road thought she had been hit by a car.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, the judge Lord MacKay of Drumadoon branded the assault "violent and brutal".

Jailing Greens for 10 years, he imposed a further seven-year supervision period upon his release from jail.

Violent and brutal

Greens, who claims he cannot remember the incident, initially tried to blame his twin brother for the attack on the B7003, just outside the village of Rosewell, and close to the chapel made famous by the Da Vinci Code novel.

But the married father, of Mayfield, Midlothian, was placed on the sex offenders' register after he admitted raping the student and assaulting her to her severe injury and to the danger of her life.

Sentence on Greens had been deferred for background reports - including an investigation into the risks that he might strike again.

But psychologists could find no explanation for Green's attack on the 19-year-old girl and clashed over the potential danger he might pose in the future, the court heard on Tuesday.

The wood where the attack took place
The wood where the attack took place

Lord Mackay said: "In all the circumstances the sentence I am about to impose is intended not only to punish you for what you did. It will also mark society's condemnation for what you did."

Greens had smoked 15 cannabis joints on the day of the offence and drank 10 pints of lager and cider in the two hours before the attack.

One clinical psychologist who interviewed him said his claim of amnesia was "highly suspicious".

Lord Mackay said the effects of the attack on her had been serious and long lasting.

"That is hardly surprising in the light of the brutal manner in which you attacked her," he said.

When Greens went home after the attack his wife noticed new scratches on his arm, but he claimed that he had received them at work.

A link with Greens was first made through DNA evidence found on the victim's pants which had been discarded at the scene of the attack.


SEE ALSO:
Young rape victim 'left for dead'
10 Jan 06 |  Scotland
Man admits rape of Dutch student
22 Dec 05 |  Scotland
Rape case hears of twin brother
26 Oct 05 |  Scotland
Man facing Rosewell rape charge
30 May 05 |  Scotland
Sex attack man 'may be scratched'
26 May 05 |  Scotland


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