HMA v Allan Fraser

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 28 March 2017, Lady Scott imposed an extended sentence of 10-and-a-half years on Allan Fraser after the accused pled guilty to the sexual abuse of three children. The custodial period will be seven-and-a-half years, followed by an extended period of licence of three years.

On sentencing, Lady Scott made the following statement in court:

“Allan Fraser, you have pled guilty to a course of conduct consisting of the sexual abuse of three children.

You abused you first victim over a period of about three years between 2004 and 2007 when he was aged between 12 and 15 years of age. This abuse included oral and anal penetration on at least 10 occasions.

You have previous convictions from 2006 for the physical assault of this child when he was 13 years old. He was scared of you.

Unsurprisingly your appalling conduct has had a devastating effect upon your victim who reports living in fear, unable to form relationships and a loss of confidence. He faces a long struggle to move on and make a life for himself.

You met your second victim when he was 13 years old. When he was 14 years old to when he became 16, between 2013 and 2014, you regularly had sexual contact including masturbation and oral penetration with him.

You sexually abused your third victim between 2014 and 2016, starting when he was 12 years old. This included frequent touching (about three times a week) oral penetration on more than 10 occasions and the abuse progressed to anal penetration.

Again your conduct has had a devastating effect upon your young victim who requires professional help and struggles to contain his feelings and cannot cope – for example, with school. The effects upon all your victims are likely to result in long term damage.

There is a clear pattern in your conduct which was carefully planned, both to manipulate your victims and to avoid detection.

You deliberately treated these boys as objects for your own sexual gratification. All of these offences constitute a gross breach of your position of trust.

You are assessed as presenting a high risk of re-offending and I am satisfied that you present a risk of serious harm to children. Accordingly, I have decided it is necessary for their protection to impose an extended sentence.

An extended sentence consists of the appropriate term of imprisonment and an extension period whereby your release on licence is extended for that period.

The effect is that, if, during that period, if you breach the conditions of your licence, your licence may be revoked and you may be recalled to prison by the Scottish Ministers, with or without consultation with the Parole Board.

I take into account that you have taken steps to address your offending and that you have pled guilty at a preliminary stage sparing your victims the ordeal of giving evidence. I also take account of the reduced libel.

I sentence you to a total sentence of 10-and-a-half years, which consists of a cumulo period in custody in respect of all the charges of seven-and-a-half years, which custody period is reduced from 10 years to reflect your early plea and to an extended period of licence of three years.”