A sex beast who pounced on two strangers in the grounds of a hospital has been jailed for almost four years.

David Milligan tried to rape one woman at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and only stopped when a passer-by heard her terrified screams.

Just 24 hours earlier, the 21-year-old molested another victim there as she stood having a cigarette.

He was snared using DNA and a distinctive pink rucksack, reports the Daily Record.

Milligan returned to the High Court in Glasgow today having earlier pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault.

Lord Mulholland locked him up for a total of three years and nine months.

Milligan will also be supervised for a further two years on his release.



The incidents happened in the grounds of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

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The judge said: “You pled guilty to attacking two women who were strangers to you.

“In the second attack, you tried to violently rape a woman. If a member of the public had not been passing, you would have carried out your intention.

“By your actions, you are a danger to women.”

The rape bid in February this year occurred after Milligan went up to a 53-year-old woman and stated: “I have not had sex in ages. I saw you and was turned on.”

He shoved her onto grass as the victim begged: “Get off me. Please don’t kill me.”

She tried to fight him off – but Milligan told her: “Shut the f*** up.”

The court heard he also threatened to kill her if she did not allow him to have sex.

Milligan suddenly pulled up his trousers and fled after a woman heard the victim yell for help.

The attacker had also struck the day before at the hospital.

A woman was smoking, but walked off after spotting creepy Milligan loitering near her.

Milligan then ran up and struck her on the bottom. He also tried to pull the woman towards him – but she managed to get him away.

The hearing was told this victim had felt “very uncomfortable”.

After Milligan was traced, he later denied the attempted rape. He told police: “I would absolutely not do that.”

His lawyer Niall McCluskey said Milligan had cried when discussing the crimes and claimed he “did not know what came over him”.

Detective Inspector Jonny Wright of Edinburgh’s Public Protection Unit said: “We welcome the sentencing today of David Milligan whose actions terrified the victims who were understandably distressed by their ordeals.

“I’d like to thank them for their continued support throughout our inquiries and hope that the sentencing will offer them some comfort as they look to move forward with their lives.

“The incidents happened within a 24 hour period of each other and officers launched a thorough investigation into Milligan that led to his subsequent charge and conviction.

“We remain committed to bringing sexual offenders before the courts and treat all reports of sexual crime with the utmost seriousness, no matter when they occur.

“Anyone wishing to report such crimes should do so in confidence to police via 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.”