Bonnybridge trucker caged after raping drunk girl (22)

A trucking grandfather raped a stranger after finding her lying drunk in a bus shelter.

Lorry driver Joseph Hail (67), from Bonnybridge, picked the young woman up near Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, drove her to Cumbernauld and raped her in the back seat of his car. He also sexually assaulted two teenage girls in Kelvingrove Park – with all three offences taking place in the early hours of the morning.Appearing for sentence at the High Court in Glasgow earlier today, Hail had been found guilty of the rape, which took place at an unknown location in Cumbernauld on August 27, 2018. He was also convicted of assaulting 16 and 19-year-old girls on October 1, 2018.The 22-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court she remembered leaving a party at the Sanctuary nightclub.She added: “My next memory is of lying in the back seat of a car. There was a man in between my legs. I remember hearing like a moan coming from the man.”The woman was asked what was the next thing she remembered.She said: “I was sitting on the grass. I was crying. I was just scared I couldn’t remember what had happened. One of my shoes was tied differently from the other and my pants were all twisted.”The court heard the woman eventually managed to get in touch with her mother and police were contacted.An intimate swab was taken and the DNA matched Hail.He claimed they had consensual sex and added: “It just happened. It was her that came on to me.”Defence counsel Louise Arrol said Hail still maintained his innocence and that fact limited his “ability to express remorse”.The court heard days after the rape he went to his victim’s home and posted her purse, which had been left in his car, through her letter box.He was asked how he got her address and replied: “I got her driver’s licence with her address on it. I chapped the door and sat there all afternoon. I went back the next night and the purse was too thick to got through, then on the following morning I managed to get the purse thorough the letter box.”Hail then tried twice in September to get in contact with his victim on Facebook.When asked about this he replied: “I was thinking to go on to see if she got her purse alright.”Sentencing Hail, who was appearing on a video link from HMP Barlinnie, Judge Lord Matthews said: “On three occasions you were hanging around Kelvingrove Park. You said you were there to have a sleep before starting work. The jury rejected that frankly bizarre suggestion.“The complainer you raped had had a considerable amount of alcohol. She was seen on CCTV at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Her next recollection is waking up in a car with you.“You claimed she found you so attractive that she threw herself at you. Your story is frankly ridiculous.”He jailed Hail, who has been placed on the sex offenders’ register, for five years and six months.

Hail was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow