A "dangerous predator" who raped a vulnerable woman who was found dead by a canal just hours later has been jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh.
38-year-old rapist, Lars Pederson, attacked vulnerable Alison McAllister, 56, at the side of the Forth and Clyde Canal in the Maryhill area of Glasgow. Ms McAllister had been distressed over the death of her childhood sweetheart and was heavily intoxicated when Pederson approached her. Pederson proceeded to rape Ms McAllister and her body was later found near the canal on 20 March 2018, approximately 19 hours after the victim was last seen.
The judge at the High Court in Edinburgh told Pederson that the circumstances surrounding the attack were "extremely concerning". Lord Doherty imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Pederson, saying that he was in no doubt that the rapist posed a serious risk to the public, especially women.
The judge ordered that Pederson, from Hampshire, must serve a minimum of three years and two months in prison before he would be eligible to apply for parole. Pederson has already served longer than that on remand, however, authorities have said that the parole board will not consider any possibility of his release in the future without assessing his potential danger to the public. Pederson confessed to assaulting and raping Ms McAllister - a care home worker - when he appeared at an earlier hearing at the High Court in Glasgow, however, he faced no charges over the victim's death. He already has previous criminal convictions and was ordered to remain on the sex offenders register for life.