Man raped one woman 1,000 times and tortured another with his 9ft

Serial abuser, 38, who raped one woman 1,000 times and tortured another with his 9ft boa constrictor is jailed for 14 years

  • John Dickson, of Lanarkshire, was jailed for a reign of abuse against four women
  • The 38-year-old tormented one of the victims with his pet snake he called Mitch
  • Carried out sex attacks on women over 17 years, including repeated rape of one
  • Victim recalled one attack when she was ‘punched head to toe’ for over an hour
  • Dickson was found guilty of five charges including rape and domestic abuse

A serial abuser who raped one woman more than 1,000 times and tortured another with his 9ft-long boa constrictor has been jailed for 14 years. 

John Dickson, of Wishaw, Lanarkshire, was jailed for a reign of abuse against four women that stretched over 17 years.

The 38-year-old, tormented one of the women with his pet snake called Mitch.

This victim recalled feeling ‘uncomfortable’ around it, before Dickson used the pet to assault her.

John Dickson was jailed for a reign of abuse against four women that stretched over 17 years, including one victim who was assaulted with his pet snake Mitch (pictured)

The traumatised woman said: ‘He chucked it on me a couple of times; I was terrified.’

The sex attacks were so regular, sometimes when she was asleep, they ended up feeling ‘normal’, the victim said.

This included Dickson raping her on a train to Edinburgh. He forced her over the sink in the toilet, locked the door and had sex with her.


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He carried out a similar attack at the home of his sister. Dickson then pounced on her close to the River Clyde in Muirhouse, Lanarkshire.

Jurors heard she was often battered, spat on and branded names such as ‘sl*t’. 

The woman recalled one attack when she was ‘punched from head to toe for over an hour’. 

Two other women were further victims of Dickson’s ferocious temper.

Dickson was jailed for a reign of abuse against four women over 17 years

One was so scared of him she was found cowering in a storage cupboard close to his flat.

Mr McPhie said: ‘She told a policeman that he had assaulted her. She told him she had a knife in her hands because she was scared of Dickson.’

Dickson, who maintains his innocence, was found guilty of five charges including rape and domestic abuse.

The crimes took place mainly in Motherwell, Lanarkshire between 2000 and 2017. 

Also jailed at the HIgh Court in Glasgow yesterday was Brian McTaggart, 54. 

McTaggart, of Dundee, was jailed for life for a catalogue of terror, including raping one woman more than 900 times.

McTaggart was convicted last September of attacks on 18 victims, mainly in Dundee, between 1980 and 2001.

Sentencing had been delayed after prosecutors moved for an Order for Lifelong Restriction, due to the danger he posed.

A 53-year-old woman told the court she was raped by McTaggart almost daily for six years.

He was also found guilty of indecently assaulting girls and boys and of physically abusing other women and teenagers.

McTaggart admitted he had ‘done a lot wrong’ but denied being a rapist and insisted he was the victim of a ‘witch-hunt’.

As well as his jail sentence, Lord Mulholland yesterday gave McTaggart an Order for Lifelong Restriction. 

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