August 2017

Sex offender placed under supervision

A 20-year-old man who admitted carrying out a sexual assault on an underage girl has been placed under supervision for two years.

Asa Tulloch, of St Olaf Street, Lerwick admitted the offence during an earlier court appearance. His sentence was deferred at the time for background reports to be compiled.

The offence is said to have taken place at a play park and a multi-court between 1st June 2012 and 31st August 2013. Tulloch would have been aged either 15 or 16 and the complainer either nine or ten.

The charge against Tulloch states that he touched the girl’s genitals through her clothing, kissed her on the cheek and placed her hand down his trousers.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court this morning defence agent Tommy Allan referred to the background reports, which noted that Tulloch suffers from Fragile X Syndrome – a condition which causes learning disabilities and cognitive impairment.

Mr Allan said that Tulloch had a “level of need” which led him to argue for his client to be “dealt with by way of a community payback order”.

Sheriff Philip Mann told Tulloch that the charge against him was “a very serious offence”.

“They are charges for which the court could impose a custodial sentence,” he said, before adding: “But, in my view, it’s more important for society and for yourself that you have some guidance and support.”

Tulloch was put under the supervision of social workers for two years and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for the same length of time.

He was also warned that the option of custody remained open should he fail to co-operate with social workers.

June 2017

Man admits sexually assaulting underage girl

A twenty year old who admitted sexually assaulting a minor has been placed on the sex offenders’ register ahead of sentencing.

Asa Tulloch, of St Olaf Street, Lerwick, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl, who was yet to turn 10 at the time of the first offence, on two occasions between June 2012 and August 2013.

The incidents, which took place at a local playing park and multicourt, involved him touching her over her clothing and placing his her hand down his trousers.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the first incident occurred when he offered to walk her home after she had been visiting a friend. It occurred at an age when she “didn’t know what was happening and wasn’t in a position to properly assert herself”.

The incidents were disclosed last year after she told a friend, who told her mother, resulting in social work and then the police being contacted.

Mackenzie acknowledged that Tulloch “hasn’t had the best start in life and has his own vulnerabilities”.

Sheriff Philip Mann said they were “serious offences because of the age of the girl involved”, though he told Tulloch there were “issues in your life that may explain, not excuse, what you did”.

Ordering a criminal justice social work report to be prepared, Sheriff Mann deferred sentence until 3 August, adding he was eager to find a disposal that will “assist” as well as punish the offender.