Brian McLintock subjected four women to 12 years of physical sexual and verbal abuse. The crimes took place across Edinburgh between 2006 and 2018. 
The High Court in Edinburgh heard that McLintock repeatedly raped one woman on a number of occasions. He assaulted the woman through punching and kicking her on the head, burning her with a pair of hair straighteners and pulling her hair. He threw her to the ground and stamped on her head. As a result of this attack the woman lost teeth. 
She told the jury: “I rarely smile. It knocked my confidence. I don’t smile in front of people.”
McLintock committed his crimes against the first complainer in the Magdalene area of Edinburgh. He assaulted her repeatedly by spitting on her, pulling her hair and punching her on the body. One of the attacks resulted in her being severely injured and on another occasion he used a knife to cut her clothing from her body. 
He raped the second complainer on several occasions and physically assaulted her. The jury heard that in July 2018 he abducted a woman and held her at an address in Edinburgh. He punched her on the head and body, kneed her on the head and seized her by the throat and choked her. 
On Christmas Day 2018, one complainer went to hospital due to a concussion from another attack. McLintoch breached his special conditions of bail by contacting this woman on social media in October 2019 and attended at her home. 
During the course of proceedings McLintock sacked his solicitor and had to obtain new representation. McLintock maintained that he did not commit the offences and that the complainers were lying. 
Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, said: “Victims of physical and sexual abuse who have had the strength to come forward and describe what has happened to them deserve to be listened to. I ask you to consider their evidence with care and respect. In the different pieces of evidence given by the complainers, they form components of a persistent course of conduct engaged in by the accused. As such the Crown have proved the charges of physical, verbal and sexual abuse charges on the indictment. You took an oath to well and truly try the accused based on the evidence. And returning verdicts of guilty as the Crown now seeks, I say to you that it will be that in this most important case you will be fulfilling the requirements of the oath you took because it will be a true verdict; it will be a verdict that will be based on the evidence that was put before you.”
The jury found McLintock guilty of 14 charges including rape, sexual assault and physical assault. McLintoch shouted: “There’s no evidence against me. There’s nothing. Absolutely nothing. But you’re gonna jail me for life when there’s no evidence. I don’t believe it.”
Lord Sandison deferred sentence in order for Criminal Justice Social Work Reports to be obtained. The Judge also ordered a report to determine if McLintock satisfied the criteria for a lifelong Restriction of Liberty Order. 
As a result, at the deferred sentence Lord Sandison imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction and ordered him to serve at least six years: “You have been convicted of a number of serious sexual and violent offences against a number of women. It is clear that if at liberty you would pose a serious risk to the physical and psychological well being to members of the public. The sentence which will be imposed by the court is an Order for Lifelong Restriction which shares the same characteristics as a life sentence. It is an indeterminate sentence – you will only be released when the parole board considers that you no longer pose a threat to the public.”