HMA v JOHN DAVID MACINTOSH

At the High Court in Aberdeen Lord Uist sentenced John MacIntosh to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 10 year after he was convicted of serious sexual assults.

7 August 2014

On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

“You have been convicted by the jury of four very serious sexual offences. The first involved sexual assault and attempted rape of a nine year old girl on various occasions. The second involved one act of rape of the woman with whom you were then living. The third involved one act of rape of a woman with whom you had a short-term relationship. The fourth involved rape on various occasions of another woman with whom you were then living and who became your wife and had two children by you. You targeted vulnerable females in order to gratify your carnal lust. You have called all these women liars and shown no remorse for what you did.

You are now 46 years of age. You have previously been sentenced to imprisonment on three occasions – for periods of three months, nine months and seven years respectively. The last sentence related to charges of having sexual intercourse with 13 and 14 year old girls. I am satisfied from the evidence which I have heard in the course of this trial and from your previous conviction for two sexual offences resulting in seven years imprisonment that you constitute a serious danger to women. It is clear to me that you have no respect for women and are a sexual fiend. 

On your convictions on charges 1, 2, 6 and 9 taken together I sentence you to imprisonment for life. It is also necessary for me to fix the punishment part of your sentence, being the period which you must serve in full before you can apply to the Parole Board for Scotland for release on licence. Had I been imposing a determinate sentence on these charges it would have been one of 20 years imprisonment, which would entitle you to apply for release on licence after serving ten years in prison. I therefore fix the punishment part of your sentence at ten years. You must not assume that you will automatically be released after having served ten years in prison: you will be released only when the Parole Board for Scotland is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for the protection of the public that you continue to be held in prison.

Your sentence will run from 5 December 2013”.