Published Wednesday, 23 October 2013
William Fenton, originally from NI, has been jailed in Scotland for sex offences (© UTV)
William Fenton, originally from Islandmagee in Co Antrim, had been sentenced at a Belfast court to 12 years in prison back in 2000.
Following his release, he moved to Ayrshire.
But earlier this year, he stood trial accused of drugging and then committing sex attacks on four women in Ayr between June 2011 and April 2012.
He was found guilty of all the charges against him.
On Wednesday, STV reported that Fenton appeared before the High Court in Edinburgh for sentencing, where presiding judge Lord Burns noted his criminal history.
"You have been convicted in the past of the sexual assault of young girls and of women," he said.
"In 2000, you were convicted of rape and, later that year, indecent assault on a female after administering some stupefying substance upon her.
"The risk you present to the public is a high one and you are really a clear danger to females."
Fenton was given a lifelong restriction order and will have to serve at least six years in prison before being eligible to seek parole.
His defence solicitor Edward Gilroy told the judge that his client had been "realistic" about the outcome of the legal proceedings, given the nature of the charges and his previous convictions.
But he added: "He continues to maintain he has been wrongly convicted."
When Fenton becomes eligible for parole, he would only be released if he is deemed not to pose a threat to the public.
His conviction for drug rape in Northern Ireland in 2000 had been the first of its kind in the region.
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