HMA v PASQUALE GALIANNI

At the High Court in Glasgow on 12 February 2015, Lord Burns imposed an extended sentence on Pasquale Galianni of five years in custody and a further two years on licence after the accused pled guilty to two sexual assault charges.

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

“Pasquale Galianni, after a number of days evidence including that of the first complainer, you pled guilty to two charges of indecent and sexual assault against two young students. 

Both girls were attacked in darkness while walking alone near their halls of residence. A period of four months separated the two incidents. Both complainers were subjected to terrifying sexual assaults. All women in this country are entitled to expect that they can walk safely in the streets of our cities without being subjected to such humiliating and sordid ordeals. Your conduct no doubt caused widespread concern and alarm among the student community and the university staff until you were apprehended.  

One deeply worrying element of these crimes is that you have acted in a very similar way on two separate occasions when a student in Germany.  You clearly have a disturbing interest in voyeurism, which ultimately appears to cause you to follow and molest young girls.

You seem to have some insight into this behaviour but no ability to correct or even control it. I think you appreciate that you require help to do so and to lessen the obvious risk to girls that you pose in the community. You will have the support of your family when returned to Italy. Plainly, however, your conviction and sentence in Germany did not have any deterrent effect. 

I agree with author of the social work report that if, at liberty, it is likely that you would re-offend. I consider that an extended sentence is necessary in your case in order to protect the public from serious harm. I therefore impose an extended sentence upon you in respect of each of these charges.

The custodial element is one of two years six months on each charge to be served consecutively. These attacks were quite separate incidents in what was a course of conduct. I will backdate that sentence to 20 May 2014. In addition, I will impose an extension period of two years so that, when released you will be the subject of monitoring and supervision which will reduce the risk that you pose when at liberty. 

I appreciate that it may be that you will be deported upon being released from custody or shortly thereafter under the automatic deportation provisions in the UK Borders Act 2007.  However, I cannot be sure that there will not be some delay between your release and eventual deportation. For that reason, it is necessary to ensure in your case that the additional protection of an extended sentence is in place.”