HMA v Kurt McInnes

At the High Court in Livingston today, 17 January 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Kurt McInnes to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape, lewd and libidinous practices and charges of assault to the danger of life.

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

“Kurt McInnes, on 7 December 2017 at Glasgow High Court you were convicted by a jury of a charge of rape and two charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour in respect of a girl before and after her 12th birthday. 

“In addition you were convicted of eight offences of using violence in a domestic context with regard to seven separate female complainers over a period of over 30 years. Each one of those eight offences included the aggravation ‘to the danger of life’, and, taken together, represent a body of offending for domestic violence on a quite vast scale.

“You have 27 groups of previous convictions on your criminal record, including six with domestic aggravators and a separate conviction for stalking, and five for crimes of violence, including one conviction for assault to severe injury.  But your record pales into insignificance in the light of your conviction for the offences with which I must deal today.

“Having heard the evidence at the trial I have no doubt that your conduct has affected your victims profoundly and will continue to do so perhaps indefinitely. I further note that the author of the Criminal Justice Social Work Report has described you as an extremely dangerous individual who poses a significant risk to females.

“I have listened with care to the submissions in mitigation advanced on your behalf by your counsel this morning, and take all that she has said into account in imposing sentence upon you today, in particular concerning your circumstances.

“I now sentence you as follows: In respect of the crimes of violence on the indictment, namely charges 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 16, 21 and 26, I impose, in cumulo, a period of four years’ imprisonment, backdated to 12 May 2017, being the date of your initial continuing remand in custody in respect of these matters, albeit I note from the history of the case advanced by the advocate depute that you had been remanded in custody at an earlier stage, namely from 15 to 24 August 2016. 

“Consecutive to that period you will serve a period of two years in respect of charge 12 on the indictment and, concurrent with that latter period, in respect of charge 9, the charge of rape, and charge 11, the common law charge of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour, you will serve in cumulo, a period of five years’ imprisonment. The total sentence imposed by the court today is accordingly one of nine years’ imprisonment, backdated to 12 May 2017.

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