HMA v RYAN STRANG

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Armstrong imposed an extended sentence on Ryan Strang after he was convicted of assault and rape. The custodial part of the sentence will be eight years followed by an extension period of four years.

18 December 2013

On sentencing Lord Armstrong made the following statement in court:

“Ryan Strang, you have been convicted of five charges of assault and two charges of rape, the victims of which were three young women with whom, at different times, you were in a relationship over the relevant periods. The events of charge 5 occurred in 2003. The events of charges 6, 8 & 14 occurred over a period of about 6 months in 2009, and the events of charges 16, 18, & 27 occurred during 2012.  You were violent towards all three of these young women and were controlling and possessive of them. In relation to the rapes of two of them, they submitted to you only because of fear of further violence of the type to which, at your hand, they had become accustomed.

 I have taken account of everything said on your behalf, and I have also had regard to the content of the Criminal Justice Social Work Report now made available to me.   I note that one of the risk assessment models included in that report assesses you as presenting with a profile which suggests a high risk of re-offending given your reluctance  to take responsibility for what you have done and your attitude of tendency to blame the victims of your crimes . 

Although I acknowledge that some of these crimes occurred some years ago, the evidence disclosed a worrying pattern in your behaviour to the young women concerned.  I ordered a risk assessment and that discloses that you fall into the high risk category for risk of reconviction for both sexual and violent offences

Charges 8 & 16, the charges of rape, are grave crimes.  Society has an abhorrence of such conduct and it is the responsibility of the court to reflect that.  It is important that those who might be disposed to commit crimes of sexual assault against women, in the way that you did, understand that they are likely to receive significant custodial penalties once brought to justice.

I have already made an order that you be subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.  In light of the sentence I am about to impose, that requirement will be continued for an indefinite period of time.  The clerk of court will provide you with a certified copy of the notice of the requirements with which you must comply.

Of the five charges of assault of which you have been convicted, the most serious is charge 6, which involved an attempt to strangle a young woman to the danger of her life.  In relation to charges 5, 6, 18 & 27, I take these charges together and impose on you a cumulo sentence of 3 years imprisonment.  In relation to charge 14, I impose a period of imprisonment of 1 year, of which 3 months is referable to the aggravation of that charge by reason of the fact that you committed it while on bail at the time. That period of 1 year will be served concurrently with the period of 3 years which I have already imposed. You have been convicted of two charges of rape, one at common law and one under statute, the occasions of which were some three and a half years apart and involved two different women.  Those two charges, being separate and distinct, would justify consecutive sentences.    If I had been considering your conviction in relation to each of these charges in isolation, I would have imposed, in respect of each, a period of imprisonment of 6 years.  I consider that to make these sentences consecutive would result in an aggregate sentence which was excessive.  On the other hand, to make the sentences concurrent would result in these crimes being insufficiently punished.  A cumulo sentence in relation to these two charges is appropriate.

Because you have been convicted of sexual offences, and given the similarities in your behaviour towards each of the three women concerned, notwithstanding the gap in time between your relationships with each of them, I am concerned to ensure that the public is adequately protected against serious harm from you when you are eventually released. For that reason I am going to pass on you an extended sentence of 12 years, which is in two parts.

The first part of the sentence is a period of imprisonment of 8 years.

But that period of imprisonment is not the end of your sentence.

The second part of your sentence will be served in the community. From the date of your release, you will be under licence for an extension period of 4 years.  The conditions of your licence will be fixed by the Scottish Ministers. If during this extension period, you fail to comply with the conditions of your licence, it may be revoked and you may be returned to custody for a further period in respect of this case. The court also has power to deal with you if you commit another offence after your release and while you are on licence.

That extended sentence will run concurrently with the other sentences which I have imposed.

Accordingly, in total, I sentence you to 8 years imprisonment, with an extension period of 4 years.  All of these periods of imprisonment, to which you have been sentenced, will be backdated to 6 June 2013 when you were first detained in custody in relation to these charges”.

 

 

 

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