Head Chef, 31, raped sleeping woman after letting him stay at her flat

Head chef, 31, who raped sleeping woman in her bed after she allowed him to stay the night at her flat following a night out with friends is jailed for five years

  • Ross Nicol, 31, grabbed victim’s throat and raped her in her Edinburgh flat
  • The chef from Fife in Scotland faces five years in prison for the crime in 2018
  • He was convicted of another rape earlier this year in May at an Edinburgh court
  • He continues to deny but Judge Lady Scott called him ‘persistent and forceful’

A head chef grabbed a sleeping woman’s throat and raped her after she allowed him to spend the night at her home in Edinburgh.

Ross Nicol of Burntisland, Fife has today been sentenced to five years behind bars after being found guilty of rape.

Nicol, 31, took advantage of the victim at the flat in the Slateford area of the Scottish capital on August 31 2018.

The woman awoke to find the sexual predator on top of her while he was grabbing her throat.

He was today, July 12, sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow for rape.

Nicol – also a former history and philosophy student – was convicted of a further rape following a trial in Edinburgh earlier this year in May.

Ross Nicol, 31, a head chef from Fife was today handed a five year sentence for raping a woman in Edinburgh after she allowed him to stay the night

Jurors heard how the victim knew her attacker and they had been on a night out with others before the incident.

It ended up too late for Nicol to get home and the woman offered him the spare room at her flat to stay.

On arriving, she went to bed – but Nicol repeatedly got in beside her and began to grope her.

The woman initially managed to push him away.

But, after she fell asleep, the victim was awoken by finding Nicol again in her bed – and this time he was raping her.

Nicol’s lawyer today asserted in court that his client continues to deny the crime.

Frances Connor, defending, added: ‘He had become quite a successful chef.

‘This was in Fife and then a head chef in Glasgow.

‘He lost his long-term relationship and his employment as a result of this conviction.

‘His view is that he is not capable of this behaviour.’

Nicol appeared for the hearing today via video link.

Judge Lady Scott told him: ‘You repeatedly abused the woman while she was asleep and then raped her.

‘You were persistent and forceful.’

Nicol was also placed on the sex offenders register.

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