Duncan Burns: 'Student predator' who raped Tinder date sentenced to five years

Duncan Burns was charged with helping vulnerable students at Stirling University

Duncan Burns was charged with helping vulnerable students at Stirling University

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A student "ambassador" who raped a girl he met on Tinder has been jailed for five years.

Duncan Burns was found guilty on November 1 and sentenced at Glasgow's High Court today (December 12).

Burns had been charged with helping vulnerable students in his role as an accommodation liaison officer at Stirling University. But a jury heard that he had forced himself on a 20-year-old girl whom he met on Tinder, a popular dating site for young people.

The victim admitted she had gone back to Burns's room several times in the hope of starting a relationship, but she had consistently refused his demands for sex - before he finally forced himself on her. 

The victim also revealed she had gone home to Google the definition of rape, as she wasn't sure of the definition at the time, and said Burns had expressed a desire to sleep with 100 women.

The trial heard another woman had gone to the police with an almost identical account. However Burns was only found guilty of raping the first woman.

Summing up his verdict today, judge Lord Mulholland told Burns: "The jury rejected your evidence that the sexual intercourse with [the victim] was consensual and believed her account of rape.

"Despite making it plain to you that she did not want to have sexual intercourse with you, you ignored her wishes and used force to have sexual intercourse with her.

"That amounts to the crime of rape in Scotland. This court takes a very serious view of such criminal conduct. You will be sentenced to five years imprisonment, backdated to 1 November 2017.”