HMA v Robin Irons

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 12 July 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Robin Irons to three years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to historical child sex offences.

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

“Robin Irons, you pleaded guilty at your trial to sexual abuse of a girl aged between seven and 16 years between the years 1981 and 1989 and to another sexual offence committed in late 1982. The abuse of the child was serious and occurred on various occasions.

“You are now 68 years old and have no previous convictions. You have had a good work record throughout your life.

“It is sad to see someone of your age and background appearing in this court on such charges.

“I have considered the criminal justice social work report on you, all that has been said in mitigation and I have also had regard to the victim statements provided by your two victims.

“I have had to remind myself that the maximum sentence on charge 2 is two years’ imprisonment.

“The commission of these crimes has had a serious effect on the child whom you abused and I consider that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.

“On charge 1 the sentence which I impose is three years’ imprisonment, which will be discounted to 30 months imprisonment in view of the fact that your plea of guilty avoided the need for the complainer to give evidence.

“On charge 2 the sentence is 18 months imprisonment, concurrent with the sentence on charge 1.

“On charge 3 the sentence is six months imprisonment, to be consecutive to the sentences on charges 1 and 2. The total sentence is therefore three years’ imprisonment.

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