Serial rapist who made his young victims wear dog masks and collars gets 11-year jail term

12 April 2023, 22:01 | Updated: 13 April 2023, 02:35

A serial rapist who lured victims to his flat where he compelled them to wear dog masks and collars has been jailed for 11 years.
A serial rapist who lured victims to his flat where he compelled them to wear dog masks and collars has been jailed for 11 years. Picture: Police Scotland

By Chris Samuel

A serial rapist who lured victims to his flat where he compelled them to wear dog collars has been jailed for 11 years.

Scott Hanlon, also known as Scott Lannister, degraded and abused his two young victims after they accepted offers to live at his flat in Sterling, Scotland.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) said Hanlon manipulated and exploited vulnerable people he met online through chat sites.

The 35-year-old was found guilty of three sexual offence charges and two counts under domestic abuse legislation in February, and was sentenced on Wednesday.

The offences took place between 2018 and 2020, Police Scotland said.

Read more: ‘Some reconciliation’ as Harry will make coronation - but Meghan’s presence would've been ‘uncomfortable,’ say experts

Read more: Meghan won't go to King Charles's coronation as it 'clashes with Archie's fourth birthday'

Hanlon repeatedly subjected his victims to serious physical and sexual assaults, including rape.

He also took their money and kept them locked up.

Prosecutors demonstrated that both of Hanlon's victims suffered abusive, controlling behaviour, leaving them terrified of him.

Scott Hanlon
Scott Hanlon. Picture: Police Scotland

One of his teenage victims suffered a debilitating medical condition and was unable to defend themselves from the attacks.

Fraser Gibson, national procurator fiscal for high court sexual offences, said: "Scott Hanlon manipulated vulnerable people - much younger than himself - for his own depraved ends.

"The victims endured appalling ordeals while being controlled and manipulated. It has taken great bravery on their part to speak out against him and report the crimes.

"We hope today's sentence offers them some degree of comfort as they attempt to move on in their lives."

Hanlon will also be supervised for nine years upon his release from prison.

Read more: ‘Enemies of peace will not prevail,’ says Joe Biden in Belfast speech after White House denies he is 'anti-British'

Read more: Stamp duty 'doesn't work' and pensioners should be paid to downsize, says Kirstie Allsopp

He has been given a lifetime non-harassment order to stop him from approaching or contacting his victims, and has been placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Detective Inspector Forbes Wilson, of the Forth Valley Public Protection Unit, said: "I welcome the sentencing of Scott [Hanlon] who will now face the consequences for these degrading, violent attacks.

"Sexual crimes, of any nature, will not be tolerated.

"I would urge anyone who wishes to report an offence of this nature to come forward, regardless of the passage of time. We will investigate it thoroughly and you will be fully supported by officers and our partner agencies."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer during LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast

'We would seek a better agreement' Keir Starmer tells LBC where he thinks "botched" Brexit deal can be improved

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer during LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast show

Keir Starmer defends plan to repeal law protecting veterans from prosecution due to ‘lack of support’ in NI

Exclusive
Sir Keir Starmer took questions from LBC listeners this morning with a few weeks until the nation goes to the polls

Starmer refuses to rule out council tax hike, bins plans for football levy and admits he would have served under Corbyn

Exclusive
Sir Keir emphasised the importance of single-sex spaces

Trans people will be accommodated in 'side rooms' of single-sex wards, Sir Keir Starmer tells LBC

Khandi, 14, Amelia, 9, and Malik, 7, who were reported missing just after 7pm yesterday

Three children missing after day out at Thorpe Park as police launch urgent search

Exclusive
Sir Keir Starmer skewered by LBC caller over Jeremy Corbyn

'I didn't think we would win': Keir Starmer skewered by LBC listener over supporting Jeremy Corbyn

Exclusive
Sir Keir Starmer speaks to LBC

‘No magic wand’ to recruit more teachers as Starmer insists removing ‘tax breaks’ for private schools is ‘tough choice’

Sir Keir Starmer took questions from LBC listeners this morning with a few weeks until the nation goes to the polls

'It would be foolish to write five years worth of budgets now': Starmer refuses to rule out council tax rises

Mbappe suffered a broken nose in France's opening Euro 2024 match

No surgery required for Mbappe after horror broken nose as Euro 2024 future in question for star striker

Love Island star Jack Fowler recounted the ordeal on social media

‘I couldn’t breathe’: Love Island star reveals he ‘nearly died’ after suffering allergic reaction during flight to Dubai

This is Mr Putin's first visit to North Korea since 2000

Putin to meet Kim Jong Un in first visit to North Korea in 24 years

The M25 between Gatwick and Heathrow airport will shut for an entire weekend

Exact date holidaymakers face more chaos as M25 to shut between Heathrow and Gatwick for a full weekend

Global confirms biggest ever Election coverage plans with Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer to take listeners' calls

Global confirms biggest ever Election coverage plans with Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer to take listeners' calls

Live
Keir Starmer on LBC

General Election LIVE: Starmer refuses to rule out council tax rises, stands by scrapping private school tax breaks

Jeremy Hunt was made Chancellor by Liz Truss

Jeremy Hunt says he is ‘trying to achieve the same things as Liz Truss’ and ‘denies long-term effects of mini-budget’

Drink-driving limits in England are set at 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood

Doctors call for drink-drive limit to be cut to one beer or single glass of wine as BMA launches campaign