Five years for Ellon rapist

The High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh
The High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh

A rapist was jailed for five years after a court was earlier shown photos of injuries to his victim taken by the woman herself after the sex attack.

The woman said she took the pictures on her mobile phone after she was assaulted by Kristopher Mayo at a house in Ellon.

The 33-year-old said she sent the photos to a relative in a plea for help.

She said that bruising was starting to appear on her chest and told advocate depute Mark Mcguire it had been caused by Mayo restraining her.

She said: “He just pushed down. It was like a dead weight on my chest. It was hard to breathe.”

Mayo (31) formerly of Station Road, Ellon, had denied assaulting and raping the woman on February 15 last year but a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh convicted him on a majority verdict of the sex crime.

During the assault he pushed her onto a bed, forced her head into a duvet, restricting her ability to breathe, struggled with her and pinned her to the bed.

The woman told the court: “I just shut myself off. I didn’t want to be in that room. I was afraid for my own life.”

She said she had taken the photographs in the morning after the sex attack when there was better light.

She said that Mayo, who could be “Jekyll and Hyde”, got angry after she started to get loud and shouted ‘No’. She said he flipped her over on a bed and pushed her faced into the duvet and mattress.

A judge told Mayo at the High Court in Edinburgh that he had raped the woman despite her rejecting his sexual advances and sobbing with distress.

Lady Scott said: “This was a lengthy ordeal for your frightened victim.”

Defence counsel Michael Anderson said: “I recognise, as does the accused, that a sentence of imprisonment is inevitable for the offence of which he was convicted.”

“He will during the sentence of imprisonment take all the opportunities available to him to better himself,” he said.

Mayo was remanded in custody earlier this month after the guilty verdict and placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.