A depraved serial rapist who tricked women into performing sick and humiliating sex acts has been jailed for seven years after being convicted of 12 charges at trial last February, including six rape offences, two indecent assaults and a further two sexual assaults.

One of Allan Rotchford’s victims says now he has been jailed she is relieved he’s no longer a threat to other women.

She said: "I truly believe that my life was in danger and in time he could have killed me.

"I look back and see that he was psychopathic.

"The level of cruelty he showed us all, was despicable."

"He used me to fulfil rape fantasies. I believe completely that he would have gone on to hurt other women again and again, and would have got worse with time."

The crimes occurred in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Stirling and Ayrshire between 2009 and 2019, reports the Daily Record.

Rotchford was found guilty of four counts of raping a woman, as well as forced penetration with an object.

He will serve seven years in jail but Lord Fairley also imposed an order for lifelong restriction at Tuesday's hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Rotchford was also found guilty of two charges of extorting graphic images of women by threatening to expose intimate pictures online.

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In 2017, Rotchford convinced the woman that they were both being blackmailed online.

Posing as the "blackmailer", Rotchford said that he would put graphic pictures of her online unless she sent him images of herself performing depraved sexual acts.

As the blackmailer, Rotchford demanded that she performed some of these degrading acts.

Speaking under conditions of anonymity, one of Rotchford’s victims said: "He would never have stopped. He is a psychopath."

A psychiatric risk assessment undertaken for the court described Rotchford as having "no inhibitions to harming others" and he displayed a "range of psychopathic traits".

Rotchford was convicted of a long list of vile acts, including indecently assaulting a woman with a bottle as she slept, and filming a violent oral sex attack.

Passing sentence, Lord Fairley described Rotchford as "manipulative, deceitful and extraordinarily cruel".

Rotchford was also given a sexual offences prevention order banning him from contacting the victims or accessing any images of them.

Detective Inspector Steven McMillan, of Police Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Task Force, had described Rotchford's abuse as "some of the worst and most graphic I have ever come across".

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.

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