Fife man jailed following 25-year campaign of abuse of women

Published 25 January 2018

Michael Gray

A man has been jailed following a series of domestic abuse incidents against women in Fife carried out over a 25 year period.


At Glasgow High Court today, Thursday 25th January, Michael Gray received an Order for Lifelong Restriction, which includes a seven year jail term, for 18 offences which include physical and sexual assault within Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath between 1987 and 2012.


Gray was investigated by Police Scotland's Domestic Abuse Task Force after various victims were identified and subsequently made reports including rape, indecent assault, attempted rape, serious assault and attempted murder, against the 50-year-old.


Over the course of eight months of detailed inquiries a significant case was built up against Gray resulting in him being found guilty on 16th October 2017.


Detective Chief Inspector Debra Forrester from the DATF said: "I would firstly like to commend the outstanding courage of the women who came forward and reported the abuse they had experienced, as this proved vital in securing Gray's conviction and subsequent sentence.


"Michael Gray is a predator and a callous and violent individual, who subjected his victims to a campaign of horrific physical and sexual crime over a 25-year period.


"He has received the Order for Lifelong Restriction because of the risk he poses which will impact on the rest of his life.


“This should serve as a clear reminder that domestic abuse in all its forms will not be tolerated and perpetrators of such offences will be brought to justice for their crimes."

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