Serial rapist who stole war hero brother’s army record in cowardly bid for reduced sentence exposed by disgusted family.
James Gellately claimed to have suffered PTSD from serving his country in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War.
Serial rapist James Gellately used his brother’s army record in a bid for a more lenient sentence.
A serial rapist who brutally attacked four women cynically used his own brother’s army record to win mercy from a court.
James Gellately posed as an Army hero who had served his country with distinction in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War.
He claimed the post traumatic stress he suffered as a result had tormented him, causing him to commit his crimes.
Gellately used the tale when he was convicted of breach of the peace for swallowing a razor blade in Saughton jail, and his lawyer also claimed at his original trial that he suffered from PTSD.
But the sex beast, caged for 10 years in 2015 for the rapes, spun his yarn knowing full well it was a tissue of lies.
Gellately had cynically stolen the war record of his soldier brother Alan, a former Para, and tried to use it to his own advantage.
There was one tiny grain of truth in the rapist’s story. He had himself been in the Army.
But his other brother Andrew told the Daily Record : “All I can say about James is that he did sign up for the Army, but he lasted a total of two days when he walked out.
“He was never going to be able to take the discipline of it because he has led a wild life that culminated in all his terrible crimes.
“I saw the claims about his Army career leading to post-traumatic stress disorder and it’s not right to let it stand.
“People should know that it’s just made up. James had a difficult childhood in many ways but he has no excuses for the crimes he has committed.”
Alan Gellately served with the Parachute Regiment then transferred to the Fusiliers after injuring his back doing helicopter training drills.
He served in Northern Ireland with the Fusiliers in the 1980s and worked for a couple of months alongside D Squadron of the SAS, hunting down IRA terrorists who had set up illegal “vehicle checkpoints” in Crossmaglen.
Alan also fought in the 1991 Gulf War, where he was briefly involved with teams hunting Saddam Hussein’s Scud missiles.
He told us he was surprised Gellately had the wit to steal his Army record, as “he’s not the brightest of individuals”.
Alan added that he was surprised the courts had apparently not bothered to check that Gellately’s pleas in mitigation were true – and “just took his word for it”.
Andrew bluntly spelled out the stark contrast between his two brothers.
He said Alan served bravely in Germany and Northern Ireland “when the British Army were in an incredibly dangerous situation due to the Troubles”.
But James, as well as savagely attacking women for years, had brutally beaten up his own father in a cowardly attack.
Andrew said: “James had made up some story about needing money for his wedding, which my father had refused.
“James battered him, which was a cowardly thing to do as he is a big man and my father was a slender guy and small.
“He has a short fuse that leads to these explosions of violence.
“But they have nothing to do with any post traumatic stress experienced in the Army.”
Gellately trotted out the post traumatic stress story at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in November last year when he appeared in the dock over the razor blade incident.
Guards at Saughton spotted him trying to cut himself with the blade, which he then tried to swallow.
Gellately’s solicitor told the court his client had been “self-harming” and “was cutting his wrists” when the officers looked in on him.
He added that the rapist had been on edge after running out of his PTSD medication the day before.
And he said Gellately claimed to have served his country in the Army for six years, undertaking four tours of duty.
Sheriff Gordon Liddle sentenced Gellately to six months, but said the sentence should run concurrently with his terms for the rapes. He said it would be “somewhat futile” to extend his sentence beyond his current release date.
Gellately was jailed in 2015 after a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh heard of the shocking catalogue of abuse he inflicted on women.
Gellately, originally from Dumfries, attacked his victims between 2006 and 2013 in Dumfriesshire, East Kilbride and Kilmarnock.
He denied all the charges but was found guilty of four rape charges, an indecent assault and three assaults.
Gellately forced one woman’s head into a bath of water and held her under the surface.
He pinned her down, grabbed her by the throat and repeatedly punched and bit her on the body. He used pliers to remove jewellery from her body, cut her hair off and sexually assaulted her.
Gellately also brandished a screwdriver at the woman and threatened to kill her.
The hulking thug raped his second victim in 2009 at a house in East Kilbride.
Gellately also viciously assaulted her, kicking her in the head, pinning her down, seizing her by the throat and cutting her hair.
He took a phone from the victim to stop her calling for help and made her take an overdose of medication.
Gellately raped and physically attacked his third at a house in Kilmarnock.
Then he raped a fourth woman in August 2013 on a roadside south of Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, and raped the same victim repeatedly later that month at a house in Kilmarnock.
Judge John Morris QC sentenced Gellately to 10 years and branded him “a real and present danger to the public” – especially women.
He ordered that Gellately, only 27 at the time, be kept under close supervision for five years after his release from jail.
The judge noted that Gellately had “a deplorable criminal record” for a man of his age.
Susan Duff, defending, said Gellately continued to deny his guilt. She admitted he posed a high risk of reoffending.
Detective Chief Inspector Samantha McCluskey said after the case: “Gellately targeted vulnerable women, securing their trust before embarking on an escalating pattern of abusive behaviour throughout the relationships.”
Gellately’s thuggish behaviour continued behind bars.
It emerged recently that he attacked beast John Leathem, the murderer of 15-year-old Paige Doherty, after they argued in the canteen of Dumfries jail.
Gellately went for Leathem and punched him on the head and face.
Guards sent him to the segregation unit and he was quickly transferred to another jail.
Standards of Conduct rules for Scottish solicitors demand that they should never knowingly give false or misleading information to a court.
Solicitors would be expected to make clear that such information, whatever it may be, came from their client.
They would also be expected to tell their client that they wouldn’t be willing to tell a court something they thought was false.
If it came to light that something a client said was untrue, the solicitor would be expected to inform the court.