Attacker broke into tourist’s flat and tried to rape her in ‘terrifying’ assault

A sex predator who strangled and tried to rape a young Japanese tourist during a drug and booze-fueled rampage has been jailed for six years.

Kevin Turner, 29, launched his terrifying hour-long attack after forcing his way into his 24-year-old victim's holiday flat and repeatedly demanding sex, the Daily Record reports.

She told his trial of how she was grabbed by the neck and pinned against a wall, shouting for sex while pushing her down to the floor and trying to take off her jeans.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how she still suffered flashbacks from the attack on only the second day of her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Scotland.

Speaking via a live TV link to Tokyo, she said it happened when she returned from sightseeing to her rented holiday flat in Musselburgh.

She entered the building when she heard knocking at the outer door and thought it might be one of the other residents in the block and opened it.

The woman said: "It was a man, but I didn't know him. I didn't have any conversation but I went back to my flat."

Shortly afterwards she heard further knocking at the door to her flat and looked out through a peephole but could not see anyone.

After it was repeated she opened the door and came face to face with the man she had seen at the main entrance door.

"He said, 'Are you okay?'. He just pushed to open the door. I was very frightened. I tried to push back but he came into my room," she recalled.

"I remember he just strangled my neck. He pushed me against the wall and I tried to just leave him," she told the court.

She said Turner came towards her and she tried to struggle but ended up on her back on the floor as he was undoing her jeans and trying to pull them off of her.

The woman said she fought back but Turner was asking her more than once to have sex.

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She said: "I think I just kept saying 'no'."

Turner, formerly of Galashiels, Scottish Borders, who was identified by his distinctive tattoos, also targeted another stranger in a further sexual incident two months later.

He was on bail from Edinburgh Sheriff Court when he approached a 50-year-old woman at Harrison Road, in Edinburgh, and asked her to a secluded area "for fun" – and was told to "f*** off" on May 7 in 2019.

Turner was convicted of behaving in a threatening or abusive way by directing a sexual remark towards the woman.

He was given a four-month concurrent jail sentence for the offence.

Sentencing, Lord Braid said the first attack "must have been terrifying in the extreme".

Turner must be kept under supervision for a further six years and was placed on the sex offender's register indefinitely.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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