HMA v Alexander Moore

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 19 June 2018, Lord Ericht sentenced Alexander Moore to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of a series of rapes and other sexual offences against two girls.

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

“Alexander Moore, you have been found guilty of lewd and libidinous behaviour against a girl when she was aged 13 to 15, a series of rapes of the girl when she was aged eight to 15 and a further series of rapes and other sexual offences against another girl aged 10 to 15. 

In 1999 you were convicted of sexual offences against girls of a similar age and served a prison sentence. At that time you were placed on the sex offences register. Most of the offences in the current indictment were committed when you were on the register. 

I have considered carefully all that has been said on your behalf in particular about your health and your age. I have taken into account all that is said in the social work report. 

“I note that the report states that you present a serious risk of harm toward pre and post pubescent female children. The reporter states that she would not underestimate this future risk, despite your age and limited mobility. The reporter formed the impression that once released you may pose a threat to a particular girl. 

“I have taken into account that you are now aged almost 83, but the sentence must be a lengthy one to reflect the seriousness of your offending and your previous conviction. 

“You have breached the trust of three children. It is clear to me from the victim impact statements that your victims are still living with the consequences of the harm that you have done to them. 

“I shall deal first with the common law charges, that is charges 3, 4, 8 and 10. I shall impose a cumulo sentence on these charges. I sentence you to a period of imprisonment of eight years. The sentence will be backdated to 18 May 2018. 

“Charge 1 is a statutory charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour under section 5 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 1976.  I sentence you to a period of imprisonment of one year. The sentence will be backdated to 18 May 2018 and will be concurrent with the sentence I have just imposed on charges 3 4 8 and 10. 

“Charge 9 is a statutory charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour under section 6 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 1976. I sentence you to a period of imprisonment of one year. The sentence will be backdated to 18 May 2018 and will be concurrent with the sentences I have just imposed on charge 1 and on charges 3, 4, 8 and 10.”

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