A RAPIST has been jailed for 11 years after a horrific string of vile attacks.

Paul Callanin, 35, has been sentenced after carrying out serious sexual assaults on women in the West Dunbartonshire area between 2005 and 2013.

We previously reported how two of his brave victims spoke to the Glasgow Times to brand him a serious “danger to women”.

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Alex Bhengu-Smith, 31, and Violet Fox, 33, were teenagers when they were attacked by Callanin who betrayed their trust.

They waived their rights to anonymity to speak to the Glasgow Times after finally getting justice.

Now he will spend more than a decade behind bars after being sentenced at the High Court in Aberdeen.



Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Edward from Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Division said: “Callanin is a predatory and dangerous man who has committed a variety of serious sexual crimes against women over a protracted period of time.

“He will now face the consequences of his despicable actions in prison.

“We acknowledge how difficult this has been for Callanin’s victims and their families.

“We hope his conviction and sentencing will bring them some comfort and our thoughts remain with them at this time.

“We would like to take this opportunity to reach out to any victims of sexual crime, no matter when the offence happened, please report it to police.

“This type of behaviour will not be tolerated, and any report will be thoroughly investigated while being supported by the relevant agencies.”