Man found guilty of rape

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

An Ellon man has been found guilty of rape after a jury was earlier shown photos of injuries to his victim taken 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 the town.

The victim told the High Court in Edinburgh that 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) 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.

Following the verdict defence counsel Michael Anderson told the judge that there was no application to be made for bail to be granted for the first offender.

Lady Scott remanded Mayo in custody ahead of sentencing later this month and placed him on the sex offenders’ register.

The woman told the court that Mayo got angry after she started to get loud and shouted ‘No’.

She said: “I just shut myself off. I didn’t want to be in that room.

“I was afraid for my own life.”