A man was sentenced to five years today at Glasgow High Court after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of two women in St Andrews.
Pasquale Galianni (31) pled guilty to the sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman on 28 November 2013 near the Agnes Blackadder Hall and an 18-year-old woman in the early hours of 10 April 2014, near the David Russell Apartments, North Haugh, St Andrews.
Galianni was arrested following a major police investigation by the Divisional Rape Investigation Unit which included the release of CCTV images of the suspect walking through the town.
The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Johnson said: “I would like to thank all the young women who came forward and would commend their courage in reporting these incidents to police. Their bravery allowed us to launch an investigation leading to the capture of this sexual predator and to prevent him from further attacks on women.
“The public response to our UK wide appeal for information greatly assisted in identifying this man. We would like to thank both the public and the media for their help.
“Tackling sexual crime is a priority for Police Scotland. The National Rape Taskforce and rape investigation units across Scotland work with partners to share information and to ensure the effective investigation of all sexual crimes reported to the police.
“Our approach to tackling sexual crime is victim focused and we work with partners to ensure that people receive the support they need, when they need it. We would encourage anyone subjected to a serious sexual assault to contact Police Scotland. We will listen and we will investigate.”