HMA v Steven Mays

At the High Court in Glasgow on 16 March 2016, Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence on Steven Mays of 12 years and eight months imprisonment, after the accused was found guilty of rape, sexual and physical assault charges and sending text messages of a sexual nature.

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

“Steven mays, you have been convicted of a number of serious offences. The evidence disclosed what was effectively a campaign of physical and sexual violence against two partners in particular.

You sexually assaulted a third woman with whom you had a loose relationship and you bombarded the two partners to whom I have referred and other women, some of whom were ex-partners, with messages and calls, mostly of a sexual nature and all unwelcome.

I have considered all the evidence, all that has been said on your behalf and the information in the social work, psychiatric and psychological reports provided to me, as well as the victim statement from the complainer in charges 1, 2, 3 and 5.

I am satisfied that you are a serial offender and you present a risk to any future partner. In reaching that conclusion I should say, for the removal of doubt, that I do not take into account your denial of the bulk of the offences.

I have both to punish you for these offences and try to protect as far as I can any woman who may fall under your influence.

In doing that I have also to pass a sentence which is not excessive when all the elements are taken together.

That sentence is as follows:

On each of charges  5, 11, 20 and 21 the sentence is six months imprisonment to run from 6 March 2015.

On each of charges 15, 16 and 18 the sentence is eight months imprisonment with two months in each case attributable to the bail aggravation.

The period would have been nine months including three months in respect of bail but for the short periods you spent on remand in October and November 2014. These sentences will all run concurrently.

On charges 3 and 8, the physical assault charges, you will be sentenced to three years imprisonment in cumulo, to run consecutively.

On charge 13 the sentence is imprisonment for one year to run concurrently with the assault charges.

On charges 1, 2, 9 and 10, the charges of rape, in order to protect the public, and in particular any future partners of yours, from serious harm on your release I propose to pass an extended sentence.

This will be a cumulo sentence covering all four charges. It will run concurrently with the sentence on the assault charges since it was all part and parcel of the way you treated these women.

The sentence will consist of two parts. The first, the custodial element, will be one of eight years imprisonment. Your release will not be the end of that sentence.

Following your release there will be an extension period of four years during which you will be subject to certain conditions set by the Scottish Ministers. Breach of those conditions or the commission of further offences may see you sent back to prison to complete the remainder of your sentence.

The total sentence, therefore, to run from 6 March 2015 is one of 12 years and eight months of which eight years and eight months is custodial.

In respect of charges 1, 2, 9 and 10 you will be subject to the notification provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period.

There is a significant sexual element in charges 5, 11, 15, 18, 20 and 21 and the periods of notification for those offences would have been seven years for charges 5, 11, 20 and 21 and ten years for charges 15 and 18

The Clerk will notify the Scottish Ministers of your conviction in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.”