HMA v Aidan Bremner

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 27 September 2019, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of six years and three months on Aidan Bremner, after the accused pled guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. The custodial part shall be three years and three months, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

On sentencing, Lord Boyd made following statement in court:

“Aidan Bremner, you have pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a child of 14 years.

“You met her through the Kayak Club. You had a mentoring role at the club and you assisted her with kayaking.

“In August 2018 you told this child that you had feelings for her. A relationship developed in the course of which sexual intercourse took place.

“I accept that you did not groom this girl for sex but it is quite clear from everything that I have read that you do not understand the boundaries or the harm that inevitably flows from such relationships.

“Apart from the obvious age difference which rendered the relationship not only inappropriate but illegal, your role as a mentor in the club was one which you gave status and authority –an authority which you abused when you embarked on this relationship.

“It is clear from the criminal justice social work report that you have significant difficulties in accepting responsibility for your behaviour. While you acknowledge that the sexual relationship was unlawful, you appear to believe that your victim was mature enough to make up her own mind about sexual matters.

“You have also written to the victim proclaiming your undying love and attempted to contact her through her sister. Through your counsel you attempted to deny that you had written such letters.

“The court adjourned to investigate the matter and today you have accepted that you did indeed write these letters. You are an idiot if you thought that you could successfully mislead the court.

“That conduct together with the assessment of risk gives me cause to worry about protecting the public including young girls and in particular the victim in this case.

“The Making Changes Moving Forward report gives some cause for optimism if you engage in the programme. It is not clear to me that you have a commitment to participating in the programme.

“In any event it is obvious that some time will be required to work with you to address your offending and your inability to recognise age related boundaries.

“I have taken into account your age and your criminal record including the fact that you have no other convictions for sexual offences. I have listened carefully to what has been said on your behalf.

“As a result of your conviction and the sentence imposed you are subject to the notification requirements under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period.

“The clerk of court will serve upon you a notice confirming those requirements with which you must comply.

“I am also going to make a Sexual Offences Prevention Order in the following terms: you will not contact or attempt to contact directly or indirectly the victim or any other female member of her family by any means whatsoever, including by telephone, writing, emailing, texting or any other electronic or other method. This order will last for a period of seven years from today’s date.

“A breach of the order is a criminal offence. That means that if you breach the order you may be prosecuted.

“On charge 3, I shall impose a sentence of 21 months in custody. On charge 5, I shall impose an extended sentence of six years three months, of which three years three months shall be the custodial part, with three years extended.

“Had you been convicted after trial the custodial parts would have been two years four months and four years four months respectively, four months of which is attributable to the bail aggravations.  The sentences shall be concurrent and backdated to 25 February 2019.”

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