Grangemouth rapist caged for seven years

Rapist Greig Cochrane
Rapist Greig Cochrane

The vile monster who subjected two women to years of “degrading and humiliating” abuse has been jailed for seven years.

Greig Cochrane (28), of Grangemouth, blew kisses to his heavily pregnant girlfriend as he was led away to the cells on Monday.

The self-employed mechanic was found guilty of repeatedly raping one of the women and raping the other during sexually violent and abusive relationships with them between August 2003 and December 2007 at addresses in Ayrshire and Stirlingshire.

He was also placed on the sex offender’s register for life and told his convictions would be notified to Scottish Ministers.

The High Court in Livingston was told he used to inspect their underwear to check if they were being unfaithful to him and would fly into a rage if they objected.

Cochrane, 28, who had claimed the women had consented to sex, sat with his head bowed in the dock as the guilty verdicts were read out.

He also claimed in his defence the two women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had colluded to put him behind bars.

The jury took less than two hours to return majority verdicts, finding him guilty of raping both women and indecently assaulting and brutally beating a 32-year-old mother of four.

The jury also returned a unanimous verdict finding him guilty of compressing the throat of a 27-year-old mum-of-two restricting her breathing, pouring washing up liquid into her mouth and spitting on her face.

Ian Duguid, defending, revealed Cochrane had already served prison terms for domestic violence and road traffic offences.

He said the accused had also been held on remand for seven months in connection with the rapes – the equivalent of a 14-month prison term.

Passing sentence, Judge Lord Burns told Cochrane he had been convicted of a course of domestic and sexual abuse against two vulnerable women stretching over a number of years.

He said: “They are very serious offences. Having heard the evidence it’s clear they have had a profound effect on both these women. In the circumstances I consider a substantial custodial sentence is required here.

“I take full account of the fact you’ve spent seven months on remand for these offences.”