Edward Taylor was jailed for five years by an Edinburgh High Court after being found guilty of raping a woman while she was asleep and then taking indecent photographs of her. Taylor and a friend shared a Glasgow taxi with the young woman after she had become isolated from her friends in a nightclub. The attack happened in August 2011 and the manner in which Taylor pounced on his victim showed his dangerous predatory instinct.
The taxi brought her to his house where she fell asleep. Taylor used this opportunity to attack the woman and he was also convicted of assaulting her as she was kicked out of his flat. The High Court in Edinburgh also heard that this was the woman’s first visit to a nightclub since giving birth to a child.
The woman lost her friends in the club and agreed to take a taxi ride with Taylor and one of his friends. She agreed to have a drink at his flat but she fell asleep. At this point, Taylor struck by pulling up her dress, removing her underwear and raping her. Amazingly, his sexual assault did not wake up the woman so he took a number of indecent photos on his mobile phone.
When the woman finally woke up, Taylor desperately tried to remove her and punched her in the face, splitting her lip. The Edinburgh court heard how she remembered the taxi ride to Taylor’s house and led police there. However, she became extremely upset when she arrived. While Taylor admitted having sex with the woman, he claimed it was 100% consensual.
However, Taylor changed his tune and admitted raping and assaulting the woman. The Edinburgh court judge, Lord Turnbull, described Taylor’s conduct as ‘disgraceful’ and couldn’t believe he would act in such a way. He told Taylor that he treated the woman as an object to be used for his sexual pleasure and also allowed her to have no dignity. The judge did accept that such an assault was out of character and stated that the jail term would have been seven years only for the fact that Taylor pleaded guilty.