‘Psychopathic’ Scots rapist who blackmailed victims branded ‘extraordinarily cruel’ as he’s given life sentence
A ‘Psychopathic’ serial rapist who blackmailed his victims was branded “extraordinarily cruel” as he was handed a life sentence.
Allan Rotchford, 34, was locked up after raping six women and committing another six sex crimes between 2009 and 2019.
The depraved monster was convicted of two indecent assaults along with another two sexual attacks.
He was also found guilty of extorting graphic images of women by threatening to post intimate pictures online.
The horrific crimes took place in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Stirling and Ayrshire.
Lord Fairley today imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction at a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.
Sicko Rotchford – who denied the charges – must serve at least seven years behind bars before he’s eligible for release.
The rapist was described by the judge as manipulative, deceitful and extraordinarily cruel”.
A shocking report described Rotchford as having “no inhibitions to harming others” and said he had displayed a “range of psychopathic traits”.
One doctor said he had “narcissistic personality disorder”
Lord Fairley said: “An Order for Lifelong Restriction is plainly necessary and appropriate.”
Twisted Rotchford was also hit with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from contacting the victims or accessing any images of them.
Jurors earlier heard how the attacks included raping one woman at a flat in Edinburgh after she had fallen asleep from taking tablets.
The monster also recorded one of the crimes on a mobile phone.
He took to Twitter and Facebook and warned he would put private photos of two of the women online unless they agreed to his sick demands.
Rotchford raped another sleeping victim while he was on bail.
The sicko was put on the sex offenders list indefinitely.
Serial rapist blackmailed partners into fulfilling rape fantasies and committing sex acts on film
A traumatised victim has told how her monster boyfriend posed as an internet blackmailer and subjected her to a reign of terror to trick her into performing depraved and humiliating sex acts.
Serial rapist Allan Rotchford told Jane (name changed) that he would put graphic pictures of her online unless she sent him images of herself performing the acts he wanted.
He demanded to see her both alone and with her partner – in other words, himself.
Playing the blackmailer, Rotchford used a bogus Facebook profile to bombard Jane with more than 6000 messages coercing her into fulfilling his sordid rape fantasies.
Playing himself, he told Jane she had no choice but to obey her tormentor’s orders.
He abused her even though she had just had a baby. She would never have gone along with it if she had not believed she was being extorted.
Jane was not Rotchford’s first victim, or his last. He had four in all, abusing them horribly over a decade from 2009. He used a similar blackmail scam on one of the women to the one he used on Jane.
After Jane had him arrested, he found a new partner and repeatedly raped her while on bail.
Rotchford is now in Barlinnie, awaiting sentence next month at the High Court for nine counts of rape, two of sexual assault by penetration with objects, one of intent to rape, and two of extorting degrading sexual images.
Jane told the Daily Record: “I was so trapped by him. I felt like I was in a box buried six feet under, gasping for air. I was helpless. So many times I thought of ending my life.
“I want people to know Allan Rotchford’s name, to know his face, to know how dangerous he is.”
Jane met Rotchford on Tinder in 2017, when she was at a low ebb. She was pregnant but her relationship with the father was breaking up.
“I had no one to talk to and he came across as sympathetic,” she said of the rapist.
“He would do anything for me – took me out and listened to me when I was down.
“He was very charming and I was looking for someone to love me.”
But within four months, Rotchford’s persona changed. His moods were extreme – friendly one minute, punching walls the next. And within a month of Jane having her baby in August 2017, he became increasingly controlling, vindictive and verbally abusive.
Then one day, Rotchford came back from his job as a delivery driver and told Jane the blackmailer had contacted him on Facebook. He said the crook had an edited explicit image of her, and would publish it if they did not co-operate.
He told Jane the image must have come from an ex of hers. And he dissuaded her from going to the police, insisting co-operation was the only answer.
At first, Jane refused. But then the image appeared online. She felt forced to comply, and her nightmare began.
“I was asked to do things no one would want to do,” she said. “The acts were humiliating, sick. There were deadlines, and if I didn’t meet them the images were to be published.
“Very quickly he had a huge collection of videos and pictures to use against me. I was utterly powerless.”
Rotchford, posing as the blackmailer, then began to contact Jane directly. He told her to provide video of herself being abused by her boyfriend – himself.
She said: “I would wake up in the morning to a raft of messages. They came all day, every day, morning to night, and they didn’t stop.
“The sexual abuse was unimaginable, so painful and degrading. He also drugged me – I wouldn’t know what had happened until I woke up to the pain the next day.
“I had just had a baby. I couldn’t cope. He watched me constantly, isolated me from family and friends, and I was trapped and distraught. I was under his control.”
Increasingly, Jane suspected Rotchford was behind her ordeal, as he was never in the room when the blackmailer messaged her. But when she suggested it, he went “ballistic”.
The blackmailer had promised an end date in October 2017 for the abuse. But when it came, he extended it by a month.
Jane broke down and told her mother everything, the police were called, the messages were traced to Rotchford and he was charged with extortion.
But with no previous convictions, he was bailed. And he found another victim, in Ayrshire, using the Plenty of Fish app.
Police warned Lucy (not her real name) that Rotchford was a potential abuser, but she initially stood by him.
Detective Inspector Stevie McMillan of the Police Scotland Domestic Abuse Task Force (East) and Detective Constable Audrey Morrison investigated Rotchford’s past – and uncovered two previous victims.
Rotchford had preyed on a woman in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, while in a relationship with her between June 2009 and May 2010.
He would eventually be convicted of raping her, indecently assaulting her with a bottle as she slept, and filming an oral sex session that was so violent she vomited.
Rotchford then abused a woman in Edinburgh over a three-year period from November 2013. Chillingly, he used the same “blackmailer” scam on her as he would later use on Jane. He used a fake Twitter profile to threaten to publish indecent images of her, and on one occasion carried out the threat.
As the police investigation continued, Lucy contacted DC Morrison to ask her for help.
Rotchford was found guilty last month of four counts of raping Lucy, as well as of forced penetration with an object.
“He controlled my every move,” Lucy told us. “He used me to fulfil rape fantasies. He was so disgusting and so manipulative.
“If it hadn’t been for Audrey, I wouldn’t be here. Even when he was arrested I lived in fear of him and was convinced he would break out of prison. I am so glad the police worked so hard, and a jury believed us, his victims.”
DI McMillan said Rotchford’s abuse was “some of the worst and most graphic I have ever come across”.
DC Morrison added: “I admire these women for their bravery in speaking out.
“It is satisfying that the jury saw Rotchford for what he was.