June 2017

Rapist guilty of attacks at Royal Blind School in Edinburgh

A visually impaired rapist has been found guilty of sexually assaulting eight of his fellow pupils at a school for the blind in Edinburgh.

David Penman, 42, was convicted of preying on his victims while at the Royal Blind School during the 1980s.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Penman committed rape and sexual abuse on girls and boys.

Judge Lord Uist told him that it was clear he had a “propensity for sexual violence”.

One of his victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told jurors how Penman targeted her.

The woman, who is now in her 40s, told the court he repeatedly attacked her during her time there.

The court heard how one day she walked past Penman and heard him tell a friend how she was an “easy target” for rape.

It took jurors one day of deliberations to return verdicts of guilt on 11 charges of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault.

Prosecution lawyer Ian Wallace then revealed Penman, from Inverness, was jailed in February 2000 for 10 years on charges of rape and attempted rape.

On that occasion, Judge Lord Kingarth also ordered him to be supervised by the authorities for eight years following his release from custody.

In 2009, Penman was convicted of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. He also received two years probation in 1993 after being convicted of indecent assault.

Days earlier Penman, a prisoner of HMP Edinburgh, gave evidence in which he lied to jurors that this was the first time he had appeared in court.

Lord Uist called for a report into whether the repeat sex offender meets the criteria for the imposition of an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

Penman, who is registered blind, had pleaded not guilty.

Judge Lord Uist thanked jurors for their “very obvious care and attention” that they displayed during the time the case was in court.

Penman is due to appear for sentencing at the High Court in Edinburgh on 30 August.

June 2008

Rapist who targeted teen’s birthday party is back in jail

A FREED rapist who vowed to assault more women has been caged again after targeting a teenager’s birthday party.

David Penman, 33, called at the bash claiming the girl’s dog had escaped – despite the fact the serial sex attacker is banned from approaching women

Christine, 40 – who also has twin girls aged 12 and a daughter of 11 – had no idea about neighbour Penman’s violent past.

He had lived across the road from the family in George Street, Nairn, for a year.

Christine said: “He came to my door and asked my daughter if our dog Harry had run away.

“She had the sense to shut the door in his face and went to check the dog was tied up because he had never got off before.

“He was away. At that time my friend pulled up outside our house and talked to Penman.

“He said he had seen the dog running down the street. My friend took my daughter to the police station and the dog was there.

“But I cannot help thinking Penman released it.

“Right from the start I had my suspicions about him – something wasn’t right.

“My daughter told the police that a neighbour had said the dog was missing.

“The police arrived at my door three days later and said that by coming to my door he had broken his release conditions.

“They said he had a very awkward life but was not a paedophile.

“It’s terrible a man like that is allowed to live in a street like this – there are five females in my home.”

Penman was arrested following the incident on May 19 for allegedly breaching a sexual offenders’ prevention order which banned from approaching women.

It was issued following his early release from jail in June 2006.

Before being freed from Peterhead prison, Penman told fellow cons he intended to rape five women he knew in Inverness.

He appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court under the name David Penman Bruce, having swapped his middle and surnames.

He is charged with contravening Section 113 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Penman made no plea or declaration, was committed for further examination and remanded in custody.

His release licence has since been revoked and he has been recalled to custody to serve the remainder of his 10-year sentence.

Penman was caged in February 2000 after admitting raping a 19-year-old student in an Inverness hostel.

He also admitted that five months previously he entered the home of a 34-year-old disabled neighbour and threatened to kill her, then sexually assaulted her with intent to rape.

Last night, a legal source said: “He will have to serve out the rest of his 10-year sentence, which will carry on through to February 2010.”

Inverness procurator fiscal Gary Aitken confirmed Penman had appeared in private at the city’s sheriff court.

He added: “The case is still being investigated. His licence has been revoked.”

February 2000

Ten years in jail for loner rapist

A loner who carried out two violent sex attacks was jailed for 10 years yesterday.

David Penman, 25, raped one of his victims during a two-hour knife-point ordeal and left her so traumatised that she still refuses to go out in the dark, Inverness High Court heard yesterday.

Lord Kingarth was told that experts considered Penman continued to be classed as a high risk of re-offending and, in a rare move, ordered an eight year extension to the jail term.

This means that if he re-offends while on licence he will automatically serve a further jail stretch of eight years.

Penman, from Inverness, admitted raping a 19-year-old student after forcing her to undress while he held a knife at her throat in her bedroom at an Inverness hostel last October.

Penman also admitted that five months earlier he sneaked into the home of a 34-year-old disabled neighbour while she was in bed and, after threatening to kill her, sexually assaulted her with intent to rape.

Advocate depute Raymond Doherty QC said Penman knew this woman through their common interest in the Bible.

Regarding the teenage rape victim, Mr Doherty said: ”She remains disturbed and distressed by what happened to her, and is apprehensive for her own personal safety although she is trying to deal with it on her own. She is reluctant to go out on her own and will not do so at night. As a result of her distress she could not continue her college course.”

Passing sentence, Lord Kingarth told Penman he was taking into account that he had pled guilty. He said: ”The offences to which you have pleaded guilty involved attacks on women in their own homes, the first a frightening assault on a vulnerable victim, and the second involving a prolonged and appalling rape of a young girl.”

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