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Belfast ice hockey player jailed for four years after alleyway sex attack

Colin Grimason has been jailed for four years following a sex attack in Scotland last year

A BELFAST ice hockey player who left a woman fearing she was going to die during a sex attack has been given a four-year jail sentence.

Colin Grimason (26) of Belfast, dragged his 27-year-old victim into an alleyway in Dumfries in Scotland last May.

Grimason, who denied the sex attack and insisted the woman had been "flirty", had been in southern Scotland for a tournament playing for his side, the Belfast Prowlers.

He was convicted in June.

At his sentencing yesterday at the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Armstrong said: "You have been convicted of a particularly serious sexual attack on an unsuspecting young woman, who was unknown to you, and you inflicted serious internal injuries on her.

"Your actions have had a significant impact on her life.

"This is a grave crime from which all women should be protected."

The traumatised woman said during the trial: "I thought I was going to die."

Police later probing the attack found her car keys, phone, make up and ripped underwear in the alley.

A defence barrister said it was "devastating" to Grimason that his previous good name had been "ruined".

"He has no previous convictions and continues to deny the offence," he added.

Detective Inspector Robin Ferguson welcomed the jail term describing Grimason's actions as those of a "sexual predator" who had subjected his victim to an ordeal which would "live with her forever".

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