Lifelong Restriction Order For Rapist

Sean Moynihan has been sentenced to 9 years in prison and a life-long restriction order.

It's after an 18 year-old woman was raped at knifepoint on a cycle path between Linwood and Johnstone on Thursday 2 October 2014.

Detective Chief Inspector Fil Capaldi, Police Scotland Public Protection Unit, said today:

"This was a complex and protracted investigation for the team. Moynihan’s sinister web of lies and deceit were unravelled as he tried in vain to cover up what he had done. As always, the officers dealing with this investigation were committed from the outset to bring to justice the person responsible and I would like to commend them for their tenacity and dedication.

"Any decent person will be rightly horrified at the details of this case and thankfully such crimes are extremely rare. Moynihan's sentence today reflects the gravity of his crime. In particular, I want to pay tribute to the victim in this case for her bravery and resolve which was instrumental in bringing Moynihan to justice to answer for his crime. With today’s sentencing of Sean Moynihan, I hope that the victim and her family can now move on some way towards rebuilding their lives.

"I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who has been subjected to any form of sexual abuse to come forward and let us help you get the support that you deserve.”

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