December 2017

Aberdeen rapist jailed

An Aberdeen rapist has been jailed for more than nine years for a campaign of attacks on females

After a High Court trial, Martyn Daniel was convicted of a string of rapes and assaults in the Granite City between 2007 and 2015.

His first victim was a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

All told, the 35-year-old was found guilty of 11 charges of assault, violence and rape.

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Daniel was sentenced to a further three years of supervision after his prison term.

Detective Sergeant Gordon Patullo of the Domestic Abuse Task Force said, “Daniel’s offending covered a period of eight years against several partners and included acts of rape, violence and controlling behavior against those who he formed relationships with.

“On one occasion, he assaulted a partner by holding a knife to her throat when she attempted to leave her address.

“He routinely attempted to isolate his victims by discouraging them from associating with their friends and family.

“His violence included repeatedly punching and kicking his victims.

“On occasions, this took place in the presence of young children.

“The victims in this case should be commended for coming forward during the enquiry.

“His conviction and sentence should send out a clear message that Domestic Abuse crimes will be robustly investigated by Police Scotland, which is reflected in the sentence today.”