HMA v Gordon Christopher Cowan

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 May 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon Cowan to five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape. On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

“Gordon Christopher Cowan, you were convicted by the jury at Livingston High Court of the rape of a woman at a drunken gathering at a flat in Lochgelly on 22 April last year while you were subject to a bail order.

“You followed her into the bathroom, where you attacked her as described in the terms of the charge as amended.

“As a result she was greatly distressed and suffered injuries in the form of a bruise on the neck where you bit her and a bruise on her right upper arm.

“You have continued to deny your guilt of the crime and shown no remorse for what you did.

“You are now 27 years old. You have four minor previous convictions which I shall ignore for present purposes.

“I have considered the terms of the criminal justice social work report on you and all that has been said on your behalf in mitigation, but a conviction for rape must attract a significant prison sentence.

“The sentence which I impose is five years six months’ imprisonment, of which six months is attributable to the bail aggravation. Your sentence will run from 23 October 2017.

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