HMA v Justin Lee Lovell

At the High Court in Livingston, today, 2 September, Lord Ericht sentenced Justin Lee Lovell to seven years imprisonment after the accused was convicted of rape.

On sentencing, Lord Ericht made the following statement in court:

“Justin Lee Lovell, you have been convicted of two rapes and one sexual assault.

The victims were your friends, or known to you.  One of them was on her birthday night out, another was giving a party at the flat she shared with her boyfriend, and the third was at a New Year party. 

When they fell asleep through tiredness and alcohol you took advantage of them. You are an opportunistic sexual predator who betrays your female friends.

I have taken into account all that was said by Mr Gillfedder on your behalf. The positive way in which you have dealt with your time in prison is to be commended and I sincerely hope that you continue.

I note that your previous convictions are not analogous and that you have not previously served a sentence of detention.

I have also had regard to the contents of the Criminal Justice Social work report made available to me. You continue to deny your guilt of these offences (as is your right), and do not take responsibility for what you have done. While the Criminal Justice Social Work Report assesses you as posing a significant risk of serious harm to heavily intoxicated adult females, it assesses you as only a medium risk of reconviction.

I have also had regard to what is said in the Victim Impact Statements provided by two of your victims.

In all the circumstances I consider that there is no alternative to a lengthy custodial disposal

The charges display a course of conduct against women who had fallen asleep at parties over the period 2013 to the start of 2015. I shall deal with them together. On charges 2, 3 and 8, I impose a cumulo sentence of seven years.

The sentence will be backdated to 29 July 2015.

As a result of this sentence you now become subject to the notification requirement of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period and you will be given a notice of that fact together with the notification requirements with which you must comply."

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