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Sex attacker recorded confessing by victim's friends

Aaron Herschell admitted attacking woman after being confronted by the group.

High Court: Man detained over sex attack (file pic).
High Court: Man detained over sex attack (file pic).

A sex attacker was recorded confessing he had attempted to rape a young woman by her friends.

Aaron Herschell admitted attacking the 19-year-old in Arbroath, Angus, after being confronted by the group in July 2016.

They then drove him to a police station, where he also confessed to raping an 18-year-old in Plains, North Lanarkshire.

At trial, the 20-year-old denied both allegations and claimed his earlier admissions were untrue.

A jury convicted Herschell of the attempted rape in Arbroath and returned a not proven verdict for the alleged rape in Plains.

Judge John Morris sentenced Herschell to two years' detention at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Herschell met the 19-year-old on a dating website and travelled from his family home in Livingston, West Lothian, to visit her in July 2016.

He attempted to rape her and they broke up shortly afterwards. She later heard he was dating another teenager and contacted her to "warn her".

Herschell was later invited to a house which belonged to a friend of the 19-year-old, where he was confronted and recorded confessing the attacks.

Giving evidence, Herschell claimed he and his family were threatened and he was coached on what to say to police.

Herschell told the jury: "I admitted to stuff I didn't do to keep my family safe".

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