HMA v Zackary Ramsay Welsh

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Monday 8 April 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Zackary Ramsay Welsh to 7 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of two charges of rape.

On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

"You were convicted by the jury of two charges of rape, each involving a different woman. The first involved two separate incidents between 1 June and 1 August 2015 when you anally raped your victim.

The second involved various incidents between 1 May and 2 July 2018 when you vaginally and anally raped your victim, who was a vulnerable adult. The second set of offences was committed when you were subject to a community payback order for having threatened sexual violence to a member of Parliament in a telephone message.

Since your conviction for these offences you have continued to deny your guilt and failed to show any remorse.

You are now almost 25 years old. Your criminal history consists of the one conviction which I have just mentioned. I have considered the criminal justice social work report on you and all that has been said on your behalf in mitigation. Nevertheless, the way in which you treated your victims was both disgraceful and callous and you must now face the reckoning.

There are two aggravating factors in your case. The first is that you were subject to a community payback order at the time of the second set of offences and the second is that your second victim was a vulnerable adult.

The sentence which I impose on charges 1 and 4 taken together is 7 years imprisonment from 10 July 2018.

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