October 2012

Seven years for Stranraer woodland rapist Leon Pedley

A man convicted of raping a teenager before leaving her tied to a tree in Stranraer has been jailed for seven years.

Leon Pedley, 20, had denied the charge and lodged a special defence of consent.

The incident happened on 13 March this year.

The 17-year-old told the High Court in Glasgow that she was then abandoned by him.

She told the court he grabbed her by the throat and punched her in the stomach before taking her into woods.

She then described how he used a shoelace to tie her hands behind her back before having sex with her.

The attack was said to have continued before Mr Pedley allegedly tied the girl to a nearby tree with laces and left her.

The girl recalled eventually managing to free herself and trying to get out of the woods. She later reached a path where she met a friend.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Brailsford said: “The assault involved a degree of both coercion and violence.”

Pedley was also placed on the sex offenders register.