Court / Rapist sentenced to eight years in jail

A SEXUAL offender from Shetland has been jailed for eight years after he was found guilty of raping two underage girls in 2019 and in 2022.

Shaun Penders, from Lerwick, committed his first sex attack as a schoolboy outside a public hall in Shetland.

At Livingston High Court on Wednesday, Penders was also put on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.

The 24-year-old had denied all charges but was found guilty of committing the sexual assault, the two rapes and a further charge of indecently communicating with a child during a jury trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.

Lerwick man found guilty of rapes and sexual offences

At Livingston High Court today (Wednesday) judge Lord Lake told Penders the fact that his victims had been young, vulnerable and in some cases intoxicated added to the severity of the charges.

Penders was aged 16 when he carried out a sexual assault on a teenage girl outside a public hall in Shetland in 2015.


He went on to subject a 13-year-old child to rape at an address in the isles in 2019 before attacking and raping another girl in Aberdeen city centre three years later.

Penders was subject to a sexual offences prevention order at the time which prohibited him from having contact with persons aged under 16.



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