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Serial violent offender jailed in case prosecuted by the Lord Advocate

An Edinburgh man who subjected four women to a catalogue of sexual offending and violent assaults over 12 years has been given an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

An Edinburgh man who subjected four women to a catalogue of sexual offending and violent assaults over 12 years has been given an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

Dorothy Bain QC led the Crown’s case against Brian McLintock during the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh in May before she took up her post as Lord Advocate.

The 31-year-old was convicted of 15 charges including raping two women and assaulting one victim to her severe injury. The offences against the women took place at various locations across Edinburgh between 2006 and 2018.

The court heard McLintock raped one woman on various occasions between January 2014 and June 2018. He abducted another, who lost consciousness after he punched her in the head. He then seized her by the throat and choked her.

McLintock bit a third woman, burned her with hair straighteners and stamped on her head.

Brian McLintock was also convicted of assaulting a police officer by spitting on him while he was in custody, and pled guilty to racially abusing another.

At the High Court in Edinburgh today he was given an Order for Lifelong Restriction and told he must serve a minimum punishment period of six years.

The Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC said:

“Sexual offences are among the most serious and complex crimes we prosecute, and they can have a devastating and lasting impact on victims.

“All staff at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are committed to prosecuting these crimes effectively, with each case requiring detailed and sensitive work by experienced prosecutors. 

“I was privileged to serve as an Advocate Depute prior to my appointment as Lord Advocate, and have seen first-hand the bravery of victims who come forward to report their experiences.

“I am committed to ensuring those who place their trust in Scotland’s prosecutors are properly supported through the prosecution process.

”Procurator Fiscal for High Court Sexual Offences Fraser Gibson said:“Brian McLintock is a serial violent offender who inflicted brutal attacks on four women over a period of twelve years.

“His victims have shown courage and strength during the investigation and prosecution process. 

“I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offence, whenever it may have occurred, to report this to the police in the confidence that they will be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity by the police and our specialist prosecutors.”