HMA v Allan McShannon

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (20 December 2019) Lord Pentland sentenced Allan McShannon to 6 years imprisonment after the offender was convicted of four sexual offences.

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

“Allan McShannon, the jury convicted you of four sexual offences reflecting a persistent course of sexual abuse you carried out between 1975 and 1981. Throughout that period of time you sexually abused a girl in the family homes. The abuse was frequent and extended to attempted rape. On one occasion you raped her. Your other victim was a boy. On a single occasion you indecently assaulted him, penetrated his mouth with your penis, inserted his penis in your mouth, and attempted to rape him. Each of your victims was some years younger than you. The abuse took place when you were between the ages of about 14 and nearly 20.

Both your victims suffered psychological and emotional trauma resulting from what you did to them.

I take into account all that Mr Keenan has said on your behalf and of the contents of the criminal justice social work report. I accept that, aside from these offences, you have been of good character. I must also have regard to the fact that you committed the offences many years ago when you were much younger. I accept that you do not now present a risk to public safety.

Nonetheless, the court must take a serious view of these offences; they involved sexual abuse of children, and in the case of your first victim were committed repeatedly over a period of about 6 years. Towards the end of this course of offending you were no longer a child.

In the whole circumstances the sentence of the court is one of 6 years imprisonment. This is a cumulative sentence imposed on all the charges taken together.

The sentence will be backdated to 11 November 2019. You will remain subject to the notification requirements applicable to sex offenders for an indefinite period.

Your name has been added to the lists of persons deemed unsuitable to work with vulnerable groups.”