A former Dundee man left two prostitutes fearing for their lives when he abducted and raped them.
One of married father of three Kenneth Williamson’s victims asked him if he was going to kill her after he raped her. Another also feared she was going to die.
Williamson first struck on January 5 last year after picking up a woman in Dundee’s Arbroath Road and went on to carry out a similar attack on a second woman who had been working in the Leith area of Edinburgh three months later on April 6 or 7.
He denied assaulting and raping the two women during a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh but was found guilty of both offences after a trial which heard statements from one of the victims who has since died at the age of 36.
His first victim, aged 35, told the court that it was only her second night on the streets of Dundee when Williamson pulled up in his van and asked her if she was looking for business.
She said she agreed to perform a sex act on him for £40 and got in the vehicle. She told advocate depute Graeme Jessop: “He said to me he had somewhere to take me.”
“I told him to stay in the city. But he kept on driving and driving further out of Dundee. I was really, really worried by what he was doing. I had no idea where I was,” she said.
She said Williamson stopped at a field somewhere outside Dundee.
“He was very intimidating. I was scared of him. I knew what was going to happen. I knew what he was going to do to me. I asked him to stop and not to do anything,” she said.
He refused to let her out the van and grabbed her by the hair and forced her into the rear of the vehicle and made her take off clothing.
She said her head was repeatedly struck off the floor and she was raped. She said: “I thought I was going to die. I thought he was going to kill me.”
After the attack he drove back to Dundee and the woman said she was forced out of the still moving van. She said: “He just threw me out the vehicle.”
After identifying her attacker in court the woman started to cry and then said: “He’s ruined my life.”
The second victim, who has since died, gave details of the Leith attack on her to police at the time.
Williamson, 33, accepted that he had picked up both women to have sex with them and that he had used prostitutes before.
He denied forcing either woman to have sex.
Following his conviction for the rapes sentence was deferred on him until next month for the preparation of a background report. The trial judge, Lord Turnbull, remanded him in custody.