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Rapist policeman is freed from jail early

A rapist policeman has been released after serving seven years in jail.

Adam Carruthers: Served part of 11-year sentence

Former inspector Adam Carruthers, who was convicted of raping two women when he worked as a sergeant in Annandale, was reportedly freed from prison on Friday.

The shamed ex-officer’s court case made national headlines and led to calls for changes in the way police forces investigate their own.

It has been reported he was released on licence from Kilmarnock prison at 5am after serving part of his 11-year-sentence behind bars.

It comes less than a month since victim support groups called for a change in the law after it emerged he was to be released from prison early.

Carruthers, 45, who worked in Langholm before being transferred to Lockerbie, was jailed for 12 years in 2001 by a judge who said he was a total disgrace to his uniform.

He was convicted of two rapes, two indecent assaults and making a threatening phone call to one of his victims. This last charge was overturned on appeal, leading to a year being cut from his sentence.

One of his victims recalled during the trial a number of incidents, dating from June 1993, in which Carruthers made suggestive remarks and tried to touch her.

The sexual abuse culminated in a rape at her home in October 1996 when Carruthers also indecently assaulted her with a police baton.

The second victim was first attacked when Carruthers, then a sergeant, called at her home to investigate a complaint against her neighbours.

He made several visits and forced her to have sex.

Carruthers, a father-of-two, went to jail protesting his innocence.

He claimed the allegations against him were the result of spiteful gossip.

He was sacked by Dumfries and Galloway Police in 2002, after he was jailed.

It has been reported that under the terms of his licence, Carruthers is not allowed to be alone with women for the remainder of his sentence, which expires in four years. He will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life and must notify the police of any change of address within three days of moving home.

He must also inform police if he plans to travel abroad for three days or more.


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