November 2019

Serial rapist who abused victims for 32 years jailed for ‘horrendous’ sex crimes on two women

A serial rapist has been jailed for the vile treatment of two women who suffered “horrendous behaviour” at the hands of the brute.

Gerard Porteous, 59, was locked up for a minimum of six years after his brave victims came forward to report him.

One of the women endured sustained attacks for six years.

Porteous, from Paisley, has a shameful list of convictions for abuse carried out over more than three decades.

In 2016 he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual offences involving three women in Airdrie and Paisley between 1994 and 2013.

He was convicted of rape, assault and indecent assault in 2018 for repeatedly abusing two women in the 80s and 90s.

Yesterday he was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow where he was told he will only be released from prison on license as he was given an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

This means Porteous could be kept in jail for the rest of his life if it is determined that he still poses a high risk to the public.

Police Scotland praised the courage of his victims who they said would be “deeply affected” for the rest of their lives.