UPDATE: Now living in polbeth near West Calder

December 2004

Rapist gets nine years for assaults on schoolgirls

A RAPIST who subjected two teenage girls to sex attacks has been jailed for nine years.

Leonard Welsh, 50, met his most recent victim in the street and invited her back to his then home in Logan Way, in Livingston, West Lothian, in 1999.

The 15-year-old went to the house, but Welsh took hold of her breast. When she tried to get free he seized her by the hair.

The girl screamed but he put his hand over her mouth, dragged her into a bedroom

and told her: “Shut up and it will all be over and done with.” Welsh then removed her lower clothes and raped her.

The attack came to light three years later after the victim was arrested for being found drunk and incapable. She then revealed to police her earlier rape ordeal.

Welsh, of no fixed abode, earlier admitted raping the teenager in 1999. He also admitted raping another 15-year-old on various occasions between June 1988 and May 1989 at a house in the Knightsridge area of Livingston.

The victim made it clear she did not want to have sex with him, but he threatened her.

The court heard that she lost count of the number of times that Welsh raped her, but it may have been 25 to 30 occasions.

At the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, Lord Drummond Young told Welsh: “These offences involved threats of violence to the two unfortunate victims.

“It is clear a substantial custodial sentence is inevitable.”