November 2016

Woman avoids jail after sex with boy, 14, ‘as she was drunk’


A mum-of-two who was caught having sex with a 14-year-old boy has avoided jail – because she was “very, very drunk”.

A relative of the teenage schoolboy stumbled upon Angela Gatt in the act after a boozy night.

The 37-year-old had knocked back prosecco and the boy had been drinking alcopops

When the boy’s relative walked in and found him on top of her, he fled the room. Cleaner Gatt asked the relative: “What’s your problem?” and was reminded of his age.

Gatt, of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, was set to face trial in September but admitted one count of sexual activity with a child.

Her lawyer said she was “brave” for pleading guilty to her crime.

She was visiting a house in Cumbria when the tryst took place and claims she had drank too much to recall events.

Prosecutor Virginia Hayton told Carlisle Crown Court that after being caught naked with the boy on top of her, Gatt fell and injured herself, so paramedics and police were called to the scene.

Hayton said: “She was described as being fairly aggressive to them. She asked if she could just go home as she had made a fool of herself. She was then arrested.”

Hayton said the crime crossed the custody threshold due to the age gap.

The victim is said to be embarrassed and has had the “mickey took out of him” by his friends since the incident.

Brian Williams, defending, said: “She has pleaded guilty and it is a brave plea because no one can remember what happened.”

Judge Barbara Forrester said that the relative had caught her in the act.

Williams added: “The consequences of this conviction have been substantial, upsetting and distressing for her.

“She faces hostility within her local community and she’s lost some of her work.”

Williams said the worst was that the single mother was no longer allowed to be alone with her two young daughters.

He said: “One usually finds people facing these offences to be men with a predilection for young boys or girls.

“That is not the case here. This offence was committed when she was drunk and she has no interest in young men. She is not a paedophile. She was very, very drunk and did something very, very silly.”

Judge Forrester told Gatt: “There is a disparity of age, a serious breach of trust and you had both drunk alcohol but I accept you did not provide it to him. What happened after that, we will never know.”

She handed Gatt a 20-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The judge made Gatt subject to a sexual harm prevention order, put her on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and ordered her to pay £1000 costs.

September 2016

Mum-of-two exposed after having sex with schoolboy aged just 14

A Dalrymple mum-of-two has been exposed as a sex offender against children

Angela Gatt had sex with a schoolboy aged just 14.

Full details of the under-age romp are expected to be revealed next month.

The 37-year-old wept as she appeared in the dock at Carlisle Crown Court last week.

She confessed to sexual activity with the youngster in a house in North Cumbria last summer.

Gatt dramatically switched her plea to guilty as she was about to face trial before Judge Barbara Forrester.

She engaged in sex with the boy on June 21 last year.

Gatt was involved in a shameful case which made lurid headlines last September.

Women carers photographed their own private parts, breasts and bottoms and sent the images to colleagues via Snapchat

As a personal carer, Gatt denied taking a picture of an elderly lady’s most intimate parts as she gave her a bed bath.

She claimed the passing of “rude” images was commonplace amongst close colleagues at Ayr-based Active Care.

Gatt, of Barbieston Terrace, walked free from Ayr Sheriff Court after judge Desmond Leslie found the case against her not proven.

But her reputation was ripped to shreds as she confessed to picturing her naked body parts and sending the instant images to colleagues.

Active Care provided 24-hour personal care to older people in Ayr, Prestwick and Troon.

During the trial Gatt also confessed she’d dressed her sleeping husband Philip – an IT expert at South Ayrshire Council – up in sexy underwear, and that she’d photographed them in a sex act and sent the image.

Sheriff Leslie told Gatt: “I have not believed a single word you have said and did not find you in any way a credible or reliable witness.”

But he also took a swipe at evidence of other Active Care witnesses, saying: “In my view none of you told all of the truth and there was a tissue of cover-up here.

“All the witnesses have something to conceal.”

Gatt had denied a voyeurism charge involving a Snapchat image said to have been taken and sent in the summer of 2013.

Last week Judge Forrester indicated she was considering either a suspended prison term or a community order. Background information was requested and Gatt was remanded on conditional bail.

A woman wept in court as Gatt admitted engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy. She was told she was also now on the sex offenders’ register.