October 2017

Child rapist told to ‘rot in hell’ after appeal refused

A victim of a “wicked” child rapist has said she hopes he will “rot in hell” after his appeal to slash his jail term was refused.

Eric Rafferty was locked up for 15 years in March after a jury found him guilty of a catalogue of sex offences against children, including raping two young girls.

The 70-year-old paedophile asked the appeal court in Edinburgh to cut his sentence following his trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Today, a spokesman for the Judicial Office for Scotland said: “We can confirm the appeal against sentence was refused.”

Welcoming the decision, one of Rafferty’s victims – who cannot be named for legal reasons – today told the Evening Express she hoped he would “rot in hell”.

“How dare he undermine his victims and survivors,” she said.

“He deserves the sentence he received. Now he has lost his appeal I can close this chapter in my life.”

Another woman who was targeted by Rafferty at a young age said she was “a survivor, not a victim”.

She said: “The past almost three years since it all came out has been a living hell. I had shut it all away deep down inside.

“I can now begin to get on with my life. I will never forget I just need to work my way through the pain, nightmares and flashbacks and try to start afresh.

“Now his appeal has been refused it means it’s all over and I can start a new chapter in my life.”

Another person who was abused by Rafferty said: “On hearing the news me and my family have breathed a huge sigh of relief knowing all his appeals have been heard and lost. My nightmare has now finally ended.

“It’s a huge weight that has been lifted but with the help of loved ones and friends I can now get my life back on track. I would like to thank Police Scotland and the team who dealt with this case for all their help and support.

“I won’t let my past define or destroy my future. I’m now concentrating on me and my family – if it wasn’t for them I don’t know where I’d be right now.”

At his trial Rafferty denied the allegations against him, but was convicted of two charges of rape which involved him assaulting two girls over a number of years.

The offences, which began in the 1980s, took place over an eight-year period at addresses in the North-east and involved four young girls. Rafferty was also convicted of a charge of attempting to rape one of the girls on various occasions over more than five years, as well as four charges of using lewd, libidinous and indecent practices.

The pensioner was originally reported by one of his victims in the 1990s, but it was more than two decades before he faced justice.

On sentencing Lord Uist told Rafferty: “These were unspeakably wicked crimes and your victims have all been deeply affected by what you did to them.”

March 2017

‘Wicked’ Aberdeen child rapist jailed for 15 years

A child rapist whose abuse of young girls was described as “wicked” has been jailed for 15 years.

Eric Rafferty, 69, of Aberdeen, was convicted of seven offences of rape, attempted rape and indecency against his victims between 1982 and 1990.

Judge Lord Uist told Rafferty at the High Court in Edinburgh: “These are offences of the most appalling nature.

“It has taken a long time for justice to catch up with you, but the day of reckoning has finally arrived.”

He added: “All four girls were subjected to the most abhorrent sexual practices by you. These were unspeakably wicked crimes.”

Defence solicitor advocate Iain Paterson said Rafferty partially accepted responsibility for the sex crimes but denied rape.

Mr Paterson said that if Rafferty survived prison he would come out “significantly older”.

He said the former carer had no previous convictions, but that Rafferty accepted a custodial sentence was “absolutely inevitable” and would undertake a sex offender programme in prison.

Lord Uist said: “The only reason that it is now he is being dealt with was because, as is fairly common in this type of case, a sufficient number of victims did not make their disclosures until many years later.”

March 2017

‘Justice served’ after paedophile convicted of sexually abusing young girls

A child sexual abuse victim has said: “justice had been served” after a man was convicted of an “appalling” catalogue of sex offences against her and other young girls.

Eric Rafferty, 69, has been warned he is facing a lengthy jail term after being found guilty of a string of child sex offences – including rape – after a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.

He had denied the charges against him.

But a jury convicted Rafferty of two charges of rape which involved him assaulting two of the girls over a number of years.

The offences took place over an eight-year period at addresses in the North-east and involved four young girls.

He was also convicted of a charge of attempting to rape one of the girls on various occasions over a period of more than five years.

The jury also found Rafferty guilty of four charges of using lewd libidinous and indecent practices – including one which involved him making a girl watch pornographic films.

One of the women who had been a victim of Rafferty’s abuse said: “I can’t believe that now finally after all these years justice has finally been served, now I can get on with my life.”

The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, added: “It is such a weight that has been lifted, I can only thank Police Scotland and the investigation team for their help and their support.”

Judge Lord Uist told Rafferty : “You have been convicted by the jury of the most appalling offences of child sexual abuse committed against four young girls many years ago.

“In light of your convictions you should be in no doubt – a lengthy sentence of imprisonment will be imposed on you.”

Lord Uist told the jury: “This was a horrible case to have to try, involving the most unsavoury evidence. However it is necessary for such cases to be tried if the administration of justice is to be carried out in relation to sexual offences.”

Rafferty, whose address was given in court as Fraser Court, Aberdeen, will be sentenced next month and will remain remanded in custody until then.

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