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11-year sentence for rapist who attacked two girls in Inverness

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Pentacost was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh today.
Pentacost was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh today.

A drug trafficking rapist who preyed on teenage girls in sex attacks has been jailed for 11 years.

Adam Pentacost (34) used force to commit a series of rapes involving two much younger victims during assaults in Inverness.

A judge told Pentacost at the High Court in Edinburgh: "Your conduct was predatory with significant elements of planning on your part."

Lord Doherty said: "You have expressed no remorse for these offences and continue to deny your guilt."

The judge ordered that Pentacost should be under supervision in the community for a further two years following his jail term.

During that time he will be on licence and can be returned to prison if he breaches its conditions.

Pentacost had denied a series of charges during an earlier trial but was convicted of two drugs crimes and five sexual offences.

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During the trial he admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis between June 2020 and August 2022 at an address in Inverness and elsewhere.

He also admitted being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug cocaine between January and August 2022.

He was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a lane in Inverness on an occasion between April and July 2021 and to subjecting the victim to a rape after she was 16 the following year.

During the rape Pentacost lifted the teenager off the floor and threw her into a bed before biting her the court as told.

The victim told the court that she was scared of Pentacost, who had supplied her with drugs.

Pentacost raped his second teenage victim on three occasions at an address in Inverness between September 2021 and July the following year. During two of the assaults he bit her.

The court heard that police recovered cannabis and cocaine during a search of a property at Tomnahurich Street, in Inverness, where Pentacost was present.

Pentacost told the court he was a regular user of cannabis and after accepting he was supplying it and cocaine said: "It's not something I am proud of."

He said he got into debt and "got involved with the wrong sort of people".

Defence counsel Lorenzo Alonzi said that although Pentacost has a record it was not for similar offending. He said there was hope that after maturing during his prison sentence he will emerge and pursue a life without further offending.

Pentacost was placed on the sex offenders' register for an indefinite period following his sentencing.

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