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Restriction Order for serial offender

A serial violent offender who abducted a couple at knifepoint before forcing them to commit sexual acts and robbing them has been given an Order for Lifelong Restriction at the High Court in Glasgow.

Matthew Maltman, from Aberdeen, was told he would spend a minimum punishment term of 5 years and 3 months in custody before being considered for parole.

The 32-year-old, who was not known to his victims, had previously admitted entering a flat in the north of Aberdeen in April 2018 and threatening a man and woman with knives. He coerced them to engage in sexual acts and then took the man to cash machines and demanded he withdraw money.

Maltman also pled guilty to assaulting three police officers during his arrest.

The court heard Maltman has a history of violence, with numerous previous convictions.

Procurator Fiscal, High Court, Kenny Donnelly said:

“Matthew Maltman inflicted a terrifying and unprovoked attack upon a couple who were strangers to him. Throughout their ordeal, and the subsequent prosecution process, his victims have shown great bravery and determination.

“Mathew Maltman is a serial violent offender, and the sentence imposed upon him today reflects the seriousness of the offences he committed.

“He will only be released from custody when he no longer poses a risk to the public.” 


Under an Order of Lifelong Restriction (OLR), an offender must serve the minimum punishment period laid down by the High Court before they can be considered for release.

OLRs then provide for the lifelong supervision of high risk violent and sexual offenders and allows for a greater degree of intensive supervision to manage the risk that those individuals pose should they be released from custody.