East Lothian man jailed for attacking woman in a house while she slept

A sex attacker who raped a sleeping woman was jailed for five years on Wednesday as he continues to maintain his innocence.

Ryan McConville sexually assaulted his victim at a house in Musselburgh, in East Lothian, when she was asleep and incapable of giving or withholding consent.

McConville, 29, of Ashgrove, Musselburgh, had denied the charge at an earlier trial but was convicted of the offence committed on November 1 in 2020.

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His defence solicitor advocate James Keegan KC told the High Court in Edinburgh : "Unsurprisingly, the accused maintains his position."

A judge told McConville that he had no doubts about his previous good character and said he appeared to have been a hard working, responsible young man.

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Judge Michael O'Grady KC added: "However, you will understand it is a statement of the obvious to say rape is rape."

The judge said that balancing all he knew of the circumstances of the offence and McConville's personal background he would fix the sentence at five years' imprisonment.

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He made a non harassment order banning McConville from contacting or attempting to contact his victim for 10 years.

The judge also told him he would be placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely following his sentencing.

McConville, who followed the sentencing proceedings via TV link to prison, was told his jail term would be backdated to May 9.

Detective Inspector Laura White said: "McConville subjected the woman to a sexual assault without her consent and he will now face the consequences of his despicable actions. I want to thank her for coming forward and reporting the circumstances and assisting us with our investigation.

"I hope this provides some form of comfort as she tries to move on with her life. We treat all reports of sexual crimes seriously and sensitively and I would encourage any victims of sexual crimes to come forward and report the circumstances, in confidence, to Police, knowing we will investigate thoroughly. Anyone who wants to report a crime can contact Police Scotland by calling 101."