HMA v Mark Robert Adams

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 26 March 2019, Lord Armstrong sentenced Mark Adams to seven years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape.

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

“Mark Robert Adams, you have been convicted of the rape, during the Edinburgh Festival in 2017, of a young woman, who was vulnerable and made the mistake of accepting your offer of assistance.

“I have taken full account of the evidence presented at your trial, which disclosed that you took advantage of her in a calculating and manipulative manner, when she was alone and making her way home through the streets of Edinburgh.

“I have taken account of everything said by Mr Allan on your behalf, and I have also had regard to the content of the criminal justice social work report now made available to me.  

“You are 56 years of age. I note that you now recognise the impact of your criminal actions. That is reflected in the terms of the criminal justice social work report, and in the terms of your letter tendered to me this morning. That recognition is entirely justified.

“I have read the terms of a victim impact statement completed by the young woman concerned in this case. That statement makes it very clear that your actions, directed against her, have had a devastating and continuing detrimental effect on her quality of life.

“I note your expressed remorse and that you now accept your guilt. I have taken the whole terms of your letter into account.

“I have noted the details of your career, together with the facts that you have contributed positively to society in the past, and that you are, even now, taking steps towards your ultimate rehabilitation. I have noted your personal circumstances, and that you do continue to have the support of your family.

“I note that your criminal history includes a previous conviction for sexual assault, and a conviction for rape, committed by you in 2015 for which, earlier this year, at Woolwich Crown Court, you were sentence to a period of imprisonment of seven years.

“The crime of which you have been again convicted, rape, is a grave crime against which all women should be protected. That being so, this court will not flinch from making it plain that such crimes will attract a significant prison sentence. 

“It is important that those who might be disposed to commit crimes of sexual abuse against women, in the way that you did, understand that they are likely to receive significant custodial penalties once brought to justice.

“I have already made an order that you be subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.  In light of the sentence I am about to impose, that requirement will be continued for an indefinite period of time.  The clerk of court will provide you with a certified copy of the notice of the requirements with which you must comply.

“I am satisfied that in the whole circumstances of your case, there is no appropriate alternative to a custodial disposal.

“Taking all of these factors into account, exercising such leniency as I can, commensurate with my public duty, I sentence you to a period of imprisonment of seven years, to be served consecutively to the sentence which you are currently serving.”