Update: Now living in Wynyard Mews, Hartlepool. Currently driving a silver Vectra

August 2007

Teenage dad raped girls

A teenager who was a dad at 14 hunted down girls for sex like a lion picking out the weakest prey, a Teeside court heard.

Two girls aged 13 and 14 were drunk when Scott Watt, 16, raped one in a wood and the other in a house garage in Hartlepool.

He claimed that the older girl consented but he denied anything happened with the other one, a jury was told at Teesside Crown Court.

But Watt, now 17, was found guilty of the two rapes last December and in February at an earlier trial.

More girls had made similar complaints which were not proceeded with, said prosecutor Peter Makepeace yesterday when Watt was sentenced.

He had been bullied and assaulted by other prisoners while on remand for 186 days, the court heard.

Judge Peter Bowers told him: “I can’t help but come to the conclusion that you were hanging around young people, and like a lion looking for the weakest and most vulnerable, the ones who had had too much to drink so you could have sex with them.

“I think that there is a significant risk of serious harm to the public unless you have some altered thinking while in custody.”

The judge added: “If you had been older the sentence would have been in double figures.”

Watt, now 17, from Borrowdale Street, Hartlepool, was sent to a young offenders’ institution for five and a half years and will be on licence for six years, and put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

The girls were watching over a court video link as he burst into tears before he was led from the dock.