HMA v Norman Wesley Nicholl

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 28 February 2018, Lord Uist imposed an extended sentence of 13 years on Norman Nicholl after the accused was found guilty of the rape of an 11-year-old girl. The custodial term will be seven years and will be followed by an extension period of six years on licence.

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

“Norman Wesley Nicholl, you were convicted by the jury at Livingston High Court on 21 November last year of the repeated rape of an 11-year-old girl between 11 November 2005 and 8 August 2006.

“You are now 50 years old. On 21 September 2006 you were sentenced to three years probation with a sex offender group work condition and six months restriction of liberty order for three offences of lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour towards girls aged between nine and 11. The crime for which you are now about to be sentenced was committed before you were sentenced for these offences.

“I have considered the terms of the criminal justice social work report and the very helpful psychological report on you and all that has been said on your behalf in mitigation.

“Child rape is a detestable crime which requires a lengthy sentence by way of punishment, and particularly in your case in light of your previous conviction.

“Moreover, it is clear from the psychological report that you will require to be monitored and supervised closely in the community for a lengthy period once you have been released from prison.

“In view of your previous conviction, this conviction, your character and sexual inclination, I am satisfied that the requirements for the imposition of an extended sentence are met in your case.

“The custodial term of your sentence will be seven years imprisonment from 21 November 2017 and the extension period, that is, the further period for which you will be subject to a licence after your release from prison in order to protect the public, particularly young girls, from serious harm from you, will be six years.

“As a result of that sentence you now become subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period.”