October 2016

Rapist in custody after breaching community payback order


A teenager who was spared jail after admitting raping a 12-year-old girl has been remanded in custody after breaching his community payback order.

Conor Bull, 19, from Stranraer, walked free from court in 2014 after judge Lord Burns decided not to jail him.

However, he was brought back to court after breaching the order imposed as a direct alternative to a jail sentence.

Lord Burns said there was now no option to a jail term and remanded him in custody with his sentence deferred.

Bull raped the schoolgirl in December 2013 and later boasted of what he had done to a friend.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Bull – as part of the court order imposed on him – was told not to use mobile phones or access social media or have contact with girls under the age of 15.

Defence counsel Simon Gilbride told the court: “Mr Bull has admitted he had use of mobile phones and had access to social media.

“However, he disputes using Snapchat to regularly contact young girls.”

The court heard that this was the second time Bull had breached the order.

He appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh on 15 July and admitted a breach of the order. Then on 28 July – less than two weeks after the court appearance – he again breached it.

Lord Burns said: “I said if there were a breach I would have no option, but a custodial sentence. I am bound to impose a custodial sentence.”

He told Bull: “Conor Bull you have given me no option but to find you in breach. You accept you are in breach for the second time.”

He also ordered a report to assess the risk he posed

Bull was remanded in custody and sentence deferred until 2 November at the High Court in Aberdeen.

In 2014, Bull admitted the rape and Lord Burns placed him on a community payback order and told him to perform 101 hours unpaid work.

At the time Lord Burns said: “The public interest does not require a custodial sentence.”

July 2014

Rapist is spared jail

The mum of a Newton Stewart child who was raped by a 17-year old boy has hit out after he walked away with just 101 hours of unpaid work as punishment.

Conor Bull, the Stranraer teenager who pleaded guilty to raping the 12-year old girl, appeared in Glasgow’s High Court on Friday.

And now the girl’s mum said she would be pursuing any line of appeal she could against the sentence.

She told The Gazette after leaving court: “It’s disgusting that he can rape a child and walk off with this sentence. I couldn’t believe it, how can you do that to a wee girl then walk free? He should be locked up.”

Bull raped the schoolgirl in December last year and told of his crime to a friend, but the court heard he presented a low risk of re-offending.

The mum added that she was speechless about it all and she now plans to speak to her lawyer about what line they can take to appeal.

Judge Lord Burns and the court were told that the girl’s social networking sites claimed she was various different ages, ranging from 14 to 16, and that she’d told Bull she was 16 coming 17.

On 30 December, the pair went to Bull’s house and had sex. The offence only came to light after the girl went to hospital complaining of feeling sick and eventually told a medic that she’d recently had intercourse.

Bull’s lawyer said his client had been bullied at school and was immature, but now had a place on a catering course.

He will be placed under the supervision of a social worker for three years, be placed on the sex offender’s register for three years and will have to attend a course designed to make sexual offenders realise the impact of their actions.