Former DUP Councillor William Wilkinson has been found guilty of raping a woman in her home.

Wilkinson, 33, was a DUP member of Ballymena Council until he left the party to sit as an independent.

He was convicted by a jury of raping a woman in her home in 2008. Wilkinson claimed the woman consented to sex but rang the police after falling out with him.

The court heard Wilkinson had over 20 injuries to his face which were consistent with scratch marks caused by someone’s nails.

The jury agreed that rather than these injuries being inflicted during a drunken row, the woman was fighting him away in self defence.

Wilkinson will be sentenced next month.