Bloke who survived death plunge from top of Celtic Park outed as serial rapist

A sexual predator who once cheated death after plunging from the top tier of Celtic Park has been handed a life sentence for raping three women.

Alexander Rafferty put three women through terrifying ordeals where he told one he would show them "what f*****g rape is" and made another look him in the eye during the attack.

The 56-year-old first made headlines in 1999 when he tumbled from the Jock Stein stand at Parkhead during a powderkeg Celtic and Rangers clash.

He remarkably only suffered a broken nose following the horror fall, the Daily Record reports.

Rafferty was captured on TV waving and giving a thumbs-up as he was stretchered out the ground.

But the rapist showed no emotion at court on Wednesday as he was led handcuffed back to the cells.

Rafferty returned to the dock having been convicted last August of three rape charges.

The crimes happened between August 2018 and April 2020 at a flat in the city's Wyndford and at the predator's home in Royston.

The first victim – who has since passed away – had been in a relationship with Rafferty.

She previously told police how Rafferty once flew into a rage because she was not getting ready fast enough prior to a night out.

She added: "He ripped off my clothes. He was choking me and I could hardly breathe. I could not get the words out, he was choking me that much."

Rafferty got chatting to the next victim in Glasgow city centre in late January 2020 and she went back to his flat.

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He went on to threaten her, demanded she take off her clothes and refused to let her leave.

After Rafferty raped her, the terrified woman dialled 999 – but ended up too scared to speak on the phone.

The final victim was abused in a similar way after Rafferty again took her back to his home.

She ended up attacking Rafferty with a screwdriver to get him away and managed to flag down a police officer after fleeing his flat.

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Lady Rae imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday (March 16).

Sentencing, the judge also said: "All of the rapes were violent and degrading.

"What is so disturbing is that some of the evidence suggested you were enjoying what you were doing. In one case, you insisted that a victim looked into your eyes while she was being raped."

She stated Rafferty will not be freed until he is deemed "no longer a serious risk to the public".

He must also serve a minimum six years behind bars.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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