The detective leading the investigation into a horrific rape in Dundee has praised the courageous victim for helping to provide “vital evidence” allowing police to catch her attacker.
Mark Arnott was today jailed for nine and a half years after admitting to the sickening incident in November last year.
The 37-year-old also threatened to stab the teenage student before raping her in a private car park in West Henderson’s Wynd.
Today Glasgow High Court heard in a victim impact statement that the 19-year-old, who was 18 at the time of the incident, has suffered psychological trauma following the attack and has self-harmed and contemplated suicide.
Detective Chief Inspector Graham Binnie, of Tayside Police Division, hoped today’s sentencing would give the teenager closure.
He said: “This was a horrendous crime, and we are pleased to hear about the conclusion of the court case.
“I would particularly like to acknowledge the courage of the victim, who despite the trauma she suffered at the hands of Arnott, was able to provide vital evidence and information to the police which enabled us to identify and arrest him.
“We wish her well in her continuing recovery, and hope today’s sentencing provides her with a measure of closure.
“I would also like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the public, with a number of witnesses coming forward to assist us.
“We received a good response to our appeal for witnesses and the information gathered contributed significantly to our investigation.
“Finally, I would like to thank the local businesses in the area where the attack took place, who had to deal with considerable disruption while the forensic investigation at the scene of the crime took place.”