July 2021

Outrage as champagne swigging serial sex beast seen walking streets after early release

A serial rapist is back on the streets after being released early from prison.

Champagne-swigging sex beast Zach Rankin, 29, was locked up for nearly 10 years after being convicted of raping three women he wooed with flashy dates.

But just six years after he was jailed he has been spotted out and about in Glasgow ’s west end by previous associates.

A source said: “He is now free, walking the streets of Partick and the West End of Glasgow, where many young women and students live and frequent.

“The public needs to know.”

Rankin charmed his young victims – including a girl aged just 15 – with lavish gestures before subjecting them to vicious sexual ordeals which left them terrified.

He was so confident his secret would never be uncovered he recorded a vile song for YouTube about degrading women which branded them “sl*ts”.

A source once close to Rankin said yesterday: “The fact he’s out has made its way around his previous circles. It has sparked a lot of negative reaction.

“When the police did their investigation they only focused on previous girlfriends of Zach.

“I know of quite a few women who have been affected by him.”

One of his victims told of her ordeal after he was found guilty by a jury of the five rapes and six assaults on his victims.

She told how she planned to flee Glasgow, saying warped Rankin would plot his revenge from his jail cell and try to ruin her life.

The then 24-year-old planned her escape from the relationship just weeks after meeting Rankin, who she described as a “salesman through and through”, and revealed how his designer suits and flashy nights out were just a facade as he lived on handouts from his parents and struggled to keep a roof over his head.

She said “dangerous” Rankin would choke her during sex and first raped the student when she woke up with him assaulting her as he watched porn.

She thought she was free of him when he ended the relationship later in 2013 but he raped her again before she could leave.

She said: “I’ve never been the same since.

“Now if someone looks at me the wrong way it takes me back to that place and I can’t think about anything else. I have flashbacks of hands around my neck.”

His youngest victim said she was 15 when she first started having unlawful sex with Rankin, her first real boyfriend.

But she said their relationship quickly turned into an abusive one and, when she tried to dump him during a camping trip at South Beach, Troon, in Ayrshire in 2010, he raped her in the tent.

A 24-year-old, mixed-race, single mum said he slapped her and spat on her face before raping her on two occasions in flats in Pollokshields, Glasgow, during their relationship.

He was also convicted of racially abusing her.

All of the offences were committed between January 2010 and May 2014.

The women realised there had been overlaps in their relationships with Rankin.

At his trial, Rankin denied all the charges and claimed the females consented to sex.

He said they lied because they had a grudge against him but drew disgusted looks from the jury when he boasted of being “well endowed” and said he was “a connoisseur of porn”.

Rankin was jailed for nine-and-a-half years at the High Court in Edinburgh in June 2015, with judge Lord Bannatyne telling him his attitude towards women was “clearly disordered”.

The judge added: “You pose a significant risk of harm to any woman with whom you are in a relationship.”

Lord Bannatyne ordered his name be added to the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period.

A Scottish Prison Service spokeswoman confirmed Rankin is no longer in custody.