August 2017: Now released and will be housed in Ayrshire
‘Violent bully’ raped and assaulted partners and teenage girl
A man has been jailed after admitting to a series of sexual and physical attacks on two former partners and a teenage girl.
Leslie Andrew, 42, confessed to raping one woman and subjecting both to multiple physical assaults as well as sexually molesting the teenager.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Andrew was a “violent and aggressive bully” who raped the first woman when she was pregnant and subjected both to repeated physical attacks over “a protracted period of time”.
The court heard how 20 stone Andrew used his weight to terrify his victim into submission, pinning her to a bed and ignoring her protests.
Andrew pleaded guilty to the rape at a house in Broxburn, West Lothian, at some time during 1993 and to later physical assaults on the woman. He also admitted repeatedly assaulting another woman at addresses in Glasgow and Maybole, Ayrshire.
His second victim experienced depression, anxiety and fear and a complete breakdown in her self-esteem and ability to function normally, the court was told.
Advocate depute Bill McVicar, prosecuting also told how Andrew, of Alexandra Gardens, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, sneaked into the bedroom of a 15-year-old girl after dark and tried to pull her clothes off.
The girl kept silent for months, scared she would not be believed. But when she eventually told her story in September 2012 she sparked a police investigation which led to the other charges.
Sentencing Andrew to six years imprisonment, judge Lord Pentland said: “It is clear that in the context of your relationships with these partners you were a violent and aggressive bully with marked domineering and controlling tendencies.
“You made the lives of your two former partners deeply unhappy for many years; for substantial periods they each lived in fear of you and of your explosive temper.
“It is important to stress that these were typically not short-lived outbursts, but sustained abuse lasting for significant periods of time.”
The court heard that Andrew had been diagnosed with serious anger management difficulties and was “determined to address them”.
Lord Pentland said his sentence would have been eight years if not for his guilty plea