An unemployed drug addict has been found guilty of committing a string of violent sexual assaults in Perth.
Jurors at the High Court in Perth delivered three unanimous verdicts against Graeme Bell, 32, of Uist Place.
He was found guilty of raping and attempting to rob a woman on December 5 2012, assaulting, raping and robbing a second woman on February 14 last year and attempting to rape and rob a third woman on February 15 2013.
His legal team said he had been abusing Valium at the time of the offences and believed the drug had influenced his behaviour.
Eight months ago Bell was jailed for 34 months after attempting to rob a Perth city centre shop at knifepoint.
He had burst into Corky’s Premier Newsagent and demanded proprietor Tahir Chaudhary empty the till. He fled empty-handed after being challenged by a customer.
Bell’s sex attack victims were all workers in the sex trade and told how Bell had threatened and attacked them while demanding money.
One of his victims told how Bell adopted a boxer’s pose as he struck her, before raping her.
Another told how she “knew” he was going to rape her, only to see him flee after she began to scream for help at the top of her voice.
Lord Burns deferred sentence until the High Court in Aberdeen on April 30 to obtain reports and an assessment of the risk Bell poses to the public.
Bell was placed on the sex offenders register.