A MAN has appeared in court charged with raping five different women over a nine-year period.

Mark O’Donnell, 28, is said to have attacked the women at addresses in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire between March 2009 and December last year.

He faces six charges and made no plea to the allegations when he appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court on Friday.

Prosecutors claim he raped the first woman in March 2009, when she was 16, at his home in Ettrick Terrace, Johnstone.

He is said to have grabbed the woman by the body while she was on a bed in the property, restrained her, taken off her lower clothing and underwear and raped her.

O’Donnell is also accused of raping his second alleged victim on a number of occasions between November 2014 and January 2015, while she was “unconscious and incapable of giving or withholding her consent,” at a property in Gleniffer Crescent, Elderslie.

Court papers allege a third woman was raped once in April 2015, when she was 17, at a property in Busby.

O’Donnell is said to have raped his fourth victim at his home in June 2015.

Prosecutors allege his third victim was then attacked again, in July last year, at his home after he grabbed her by the hair, placed his hand over her mouth and raped her.

And his final alleged victim is said to have been raped at his home in December 2018.

O’Donnell was represented by defence solicitor Terry Gallanagh during the behind-closed-doors hearing, where the case was continued for prosecutors to investigate further.

He was released on bail and no future court dates have been set, although he is expected to go on trial before a jury over the allegations later this year.