HMA v Stephen Kyle Lee

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 9 August 2017, Lord Arthurson sentenced Stephen Lee to six years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and indecent assault.

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

“Stephen Kyle lee, on 28 June 2017 you were convicted by a jury of serious sexual offences, namely first an indecent assault by the penetration with your fingers of a young woman’s vagina in her own home while she was asleep, and second the rape some years later of the same woman, once more in her own home. 

“I have read a highly disturbing victim impact statement from your victim, and it is clear from that that your attacks upon her have had profound and continuing detrimental consequences upon many aspects of her life.

“Your record of prior offending is minimal, and you appear to have had a consistent employment record. You are married and have a step-son. Your counsel has further advanced very helpful submissions to the court this morning in your favour, all of which I have taken into account. 

“The criminal justice social work report and Clyde Quay Project report indicate that you have taken a dismissive attitude towards your victim, minimising your own behaviour and apportioning blame onto her.

“You have displayed no remorse whatsoever for your crimes, and have been assessed as continuing to pose a risk of sexual reoffending.

“Your attitude towards your victim is at one point in the reports described by one of the authors as ‘callous’. 

“In these circumstances, I now sentence you as follows: on charge 1 you will serve a period of one year imprisonment, backdated to the date of your remand in custody by this court, namely 28 June; consecutively, on charge 3 you will serve a further period of five years imprisonment. The total period of imprisonment is therefore one of six years, backdated to 28 June 2017. 

“Finally, you will as a result of these sentences now be subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period.”