Alisdair Randalls: 'Predatory' Aberdeen man jailed for raping woman he met on Tinder

15 May 2024, 13:20 | Updated: 15 May 2024, 17:20

A "predatory" man who raped a woman he met on the dating app Tinder has been jailed for seven years.

Alisdair Randalls had been out drinking when he persuaded the woman to leave her home and accompany him to his flat in Aberdeen in December 2015.

The victim made clear she did not wish to engage in sexual activity but Randalls "persisted" and "seized" her by the throat while raping her in the property, a court heard.

He later told the victim he could not remember "anything", the hearing was told.

Randalls was found guilty of one count of rape at the High Court in Aberdeen last month and was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow today.

As well as his jail sentence, he was also banned for life from contacting the woman and was placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Judge Lord Colbeck said Randalls accepted "no responsibility" for his crime and it had significantly affected the victim's life.

"You show little or no insight in to your offending behaviour and the impact this has had upon your victim," the judge added.

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Katrina Parkes, Scotland's procurator fiscal for high court sexual offences, said: "Alisdair Randalls is now behind bars and our thoughts are with all those affected by this kind of depraved behaviour.

"He is a predatory individual who will now have to face the consequences of his actions.

"Hopefully this conviction helps bring some comfort while also protecting other women from the harm Randalls has shown he's capable of causing.

"This type of offending has no place in Scotland."

Detective Inspector Ryan Morris said: "I hope this sentence provides the woman with some comfort knowing that Randalls has now been jailed.

"I would urge anyone who has suffered sexual violence to come forward and report it to us, regardless of the passage of time.

"Working alongside our partner agencies, we will support you through the process, investigate thoroughly and bring those responsible to justice."