April 2021

Child rapist who battered woman with hammer dies month after Barlinnie cancer diagnosis

A sex offender who raped 13-year-old girl and battered a woman with a hammer died less than a month after being diagnosed with cancer.

Brian Hunter was a prisoner at Barlinnie when he was transferred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary in the weeks before he passed away January last year, a Fatal Accident Inquiry reports this week.

The 63-year-old had a shocking record of violence and abuse. He was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow in 1989 to life behind bars for the horrific knife-point rape of a 13-year-old in Bearsden on Christmas Day as she walked home ahead of her parents. He even robbed the sobbing child of 20p after carrying out the terrifying attack.

Hunter also stalked and robbed six other women at knifepoint and threatened to cut the fingers from one 30-year-old to get her engagement and wedding rings from her.

He was eventually released on licence after serving 17 years in prison, but it wasn’t long before he was back behind bars after carrying out a terrifying hammer attack on another woman in the south side in January 2008.

He was sentenced to a further four-and-a-half years in jail.

The inquiry at Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Hunter was again released on licence in January 2016, but landed back in prison again in December 2018 after breaching the terms of his release.

A report published by Sheriff Charles Lugton on Friday explains that Hunter was diagnosed with lung cancer a year later in December 2019 and eventually transferred to hospital on Boxing Day.

He died on January 8.

The inquiry – a legal requirement when someone died in custody – found that his death was an anticipated event and resulted from natural causes.

June 1989

Vagrant jailed for life after knifepoint rape of girl, 13

A man who pounced on helpless women after stalking them through streets was jailed for life at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday for what was described by the Judge as a ”chronicle of evil.”

Lord Mayfield told Brian Hunter, 32, he was a ”dangerous man, particularly to women.”

The court was told how Hunter, a vagrant at the time of the attacks, pounced on a 13-year-old girl on Christmas Day as she walked home ahead of her parents.

She was dragged into a garden and raped at knifepoint by Hunter who, ignoring her sobs, threatened to kill her and robbed her of 20p.

Advocate-depute Mr Colin MacAulay told the court that DNA tests of the girl’s underwear identified Hunter as the attacker.

Hunter, who slept rough in derelict houses and the backs of cars, was caught but freed on bail. He later robbed six other women at knifepoint and threatened to cut the fingers from one 30-year-old to get her engagement and wedding rings from her.

Hunter had robbed the women because he had no money and was hungry, and he said he would not have raped his child victim had he realised she was so young.

Hunter admitted that on Christmas Day last year he threatened the 13-year-old with a knife, forced her into a garden in Bearsden, threatened to kill her, robbed her of 20p and raped her.

He also admitted assaulting and robbing six other women at knifepoint in Glasgow’s West End, kicking a policeman and breaching the Bail Act.

Jailing Hunter, whose last known address was 12 Queen’s Road Hill, Bedford, but who was homeless at the times of the attacks, Lord Mayfield told him: ”I have listened to what I can only refer to as a chronicle of evil in which you have admitted to a series of crimes, including the rape of a thirteen-year-old girl and assaults on women, sometimes with a knife.

”In my view you are a dangerous man. You are certainly not safe to be around, particulary to women.”

The Crown accepted pleas of not guilty to charges which had alleged that Hunter raped a 24-year-old woman in the Botanic Gardens and attempted to rape a 14-year-old girl in Maryhill.