HMA v David Scott

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 30 November 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced David Scott to 10 years’ imprisonment after the accused was convicted of the rape and sexual abuse of two girls. On sentencing, Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

“David Scott, on 23 October you were unanimously convicted of five charges of rape and sexual abuse against two girls in the 1980s.

“You gave evidence on your own behalf. You were unable to persuade any of the jurors of your innocence.

“The sexual abuse and repeated rape of the first complainer started when she was only 10 years old and carried on regularly and repeatedly until she was 14. There was also two occasions of sexual abuse of the second complainer, one of which included rape.

“Both girls made complaints of sexual abuse at the time. The way in which these complaints were handled does no credit to those who heard them.

“One of the girls was admitted to a unit for mentally disturbed teenagers. In order to get discharged she had to withdraw the allegations and apologise to you.

“The rape of any child is a most serious matter. In your case it is compounded by the cruelty of standing by and seeing a young girl committed to a mental institution.

“It is quite apparent that these girls were nothing to you except sexual objects for your own gratification.

“You are a 65 year old man with significant health problems. I take into account that you have no previous convictions.

“Until your disability you had a good work record. In the circumstances I do not consider you to be a significant risk of re-offending.

“I have already informed you that you are subject to the notification requirements under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. As a result of the sentence that I am about to pass these requirements will last for an indefinite period. The clerk of court will serve upon you a notice confirming those requirements with which you must comply.

“I shall impose a cumulative sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, backdated to 23 October 2018.”