Sex attacker violently raped an 80-year-old woman after smashing into her home

John Laming, 32, told the victim ‘some neighbours you have got’ after she cried out for help only for no-one to respond during the attack at her home in Rutherglen, near Glasgow, Scotland

A sex attacker violently raped an 80 year-old woman after smashing into her home.

John Laming struck last Christmas Eve just 12 days after he had been freed from jail.

The terrified victim yelled for help, but when no one heard, Laming taunted her: “Some neighbours you have got.”

The 32 year-old sat swigging a can of juice after the attack and claimed the OAP was “strong like his granny”.

Laming fled, but was soon snared for the crime in Rutherglen, near Glasgow.

He is now back behind bars after he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and rape.

Sentencing was deferred until next month.

The High Court in Glasgow heard heating engineer Laming already had a criminal past including a four year prison term for robbery in 2015.

Prosecutor Kath Harper said he was released from jail last December 12.

The victim was in bed when she was awoken by smashing glass around midnight on Christmas Eve.

She got up and was confronted by Laming, who lived in Rutherglen, but was not known to her.

The OAP ordered him out before bravely initially tackling him.

Miss Harper: “She reached for a metal pole used to open her window. She tried to hit him with it.”

The woman also repeatedly pressed her panic alarm, but it failed to work.

The prosecutor: “She was also screaming. Laming said ‘some neighbours you have got’ when no one heard.”

The victim ended up on her bed with Laming leaning over her.

She pleaded: “What are you doing this to an 80 year-old lady for?”

Laming called her a “w***e” before going on to rape her in the dining room.

After the attack, Laming helped the terrified woman onto a chair.

He told her to make a cup of tea as he sat at a table.

Miss Harper: “He told her she was ‘strong like his granny’. He asked if she had any alcohol.

“The woman told him she did not, but there was some juice.

“He took a can and told her she had a much nicer house than him.”

Laming went on to clear up broken glass and put it in a bin taking it with him.

But, he then brazenly came back to ask for his vape e-cigarette which he had dropped during the rape.

The victim soon called her daughter to say a man had “kicked her door in”.

Police also arrived before the distressed pensioner was initially taken to hospital.

As she was being examined, she burst into tears and told a medic: “I fought back.”

Her injuries included “multiple” bruises on her neck and body.

Laming was snared near the house he shared with his mum late on Christmas Eve.

He was found hiding in a garden, but made no comment about the sex attack.

DNA and CCTV evidence helped link him to the crime.

Laming today appeared via CCTV from prison for the hearing.

Lady Stacey continued to remand him in custody as sentencing was deferred for reports.

 

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