HMA v Hamish Macintosh Paterson

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 11 July 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Hamish Paterson to five years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape.

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

“You were convicted by the jury of the rape of a sleeping and intoxicated woman in Aberdeen on 15 October 2017. She was known to you and the rape took place after a party which you had both attended.

“Since your conviction you have continued to deny your guilt and have maintained that it was she who initiated the sexual activity while she was awake and not intoxicated. You have therefore shown no remorse for what you did.

“You are now 25 years old. You have no previous convictions and a good work history.

“I have considered the criminal justice social work report on you and all that has been said on your behalf in mitigation.

“I have also read the statement from your victim, who has suffered from depression and anxiety as a result of the crime which you committed upon her. The rape has had a major adverse effect on her life.

“The crime which you committed was a grave one and must result in a custodial sentence. The sentence which I impose is five years’ imprisonment from 13 June 2019.

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