A former army chef who raped a woman while on bail for an earlier sex attack has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Ross Faulds preyed on his two vulnerable victims who had been unable to consent at the time.

A judge today paid tribute to the women after evidence of their ordeals lead to the 42 year-old being put behind bars.

He was convicted of raping the first at a flat in Paisley, Renfrewshire on 24th April 2020.

Faulds was later charged before being freed on bail.

But, despite the court order, he then struck again targeting a second woman at another flat in the town on 8th July 2021.

Jurors after a trial in Paisley in February also found him guilty of raping this woman.

Sex predator Faulds appeared via video link for sentencing at the High Court in Glasgow today.

Judge Alistair Watson said the attacks were “strikingly similar” in that Faulds took advantage of women, who had each been drinking and left alone with him.

He told the rapist: “Each trusted you and believed they were safe in your company.

“One only wanted to go to sleep – the second was where the victim was in her own home.

“It was patently obvious to you that each was in an extremely vulnerable position and unable to consent.

“Neither of them wanted any type of relationship with you. Each was in fact in a relationship with another person at the time.”

The judge said he had read victim impact statements written by both.

He told Faulds: “Each is eloquent of a woman devastated by these events and describe long term and psychological damage caused by you.

“Both have shown courage in giving their evidence in bringing you to justice.”

Faulds, formerly of Renfrew, was also put on the sex offenders list.

The hearing was told Faulds maintained his innocence.

His lawyer Donna Armstrong said he had previously been employed in army catering.

The advocate added: “He has worked his whole life – that has clearly been brought to an end.

“He has positively contributed both in his work in the army and generally elsewhere.”

By Grant McCabe

Renfrewshire News Court Reporter

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