HMA v Paul McLellan

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 December 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Paul McLellan with a punishment part of four years after the accused was convicted of assault with intent to rape and a several other sexual offences against girls.

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

“Paul McLellan, over a 14-month period you indulged in a course of criminal conduct against young girls.

You set yourself up as a tattoo artist and while tattooing a number of adolescent girls you committed the offences of which you were convicted.

There are eight victims all girls between the ages of 15 and 17. The most serious of these is charge 15 which is one of assault with intent to rape against a girl aged 15.

The other charges are more minor. However what is alarming is the number of victims in a comparatively short period of time.

You used the tattooing business as a way of getting close to teenage girls and using the position it gave you perpetrate these offences. All of this was in breach of the licence conditions attached to your release from your previous conviction.

You have in my opinion been accurately described as deceitful and manipulative. Moreover you have a pattern of sexual offending.

In 2003 you were convicted of offences at Aylesbury Crown Court and sentenced to two years imprisonment for offences against a 12-year- old and a 14-year-old girl while you were a riding instructor.

In 2006 you were convicted at Dundee Sheriff Court of offences against a 12-year- old and a -year-old girl and were sentenced to an extended sentence of seven years, four of which formed the custodial part.

I shall admonish you on charges 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17 and 20 being the contraventions of the Tattooing of Minors Act.

In respect of charges 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 19, and 21, I have already informed you that I am satisfied that the risk criteria are met.

Accordingly I shall impose an Order for Lifelong Restriction on those charges. I shall set a punishment part of four years.

Had I been sentencing you to a determinate sentence I would have imposed a custodial sentence of eight years. The sentence of imprisonment shall commence from 29 April 2013.”