March 2018

Paedophile who groomed 10-year-old girl facing prison

A pervert who groomed a ten-year-old girl until she was “besotted” with him before subjecting her to a depraved sex attack is facing jail.

Corey Urquhart groomed the girl into thinking they were “boyfriend and girlfriend” – despite her being in primary school and him being 20.

On April 1 last year he struck, subjecting the girl to a sex attack at a flat in Dundee.

A three-day trial at Dundee Sheriff Court heard the girl giving a detailed account of the attack.

Prosecutors said she had the “adult vocabulary” of sexual terms that were “consistent with an adult having taught her these words”.

But Urquhart claimed the girl had “totally made these allegations up”.

A jury rejected his plea and now Urquhart faces a lengthy jail term when he appears in court again next month for sentencing.

Addressing the jury, fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson said: “Do you think she would have been so detailed in her description if she had been making the whole thing up?

“She was obsessed with Corey, she loved him, she doted on him. We have heard the devastating impact that this case has had on her life over the last year.

“I suggest to you that this is a case in which the accused has clearly groomed the girl over a number of months.

“It sounds exactly like a boyfriend and girlfriend relationship, which is exactly how she said she saw her relationship with the accused and how he described it to her.”

Urquhart, 21, of Blackhillock Farm, Aberlour, Aberdeenshire, denied a charge under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act on indictment.

But a jury at Dundee Sheriff Court took just two hours and 12 minutes to find him guilty of an amended charge.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released Urquhart on bail meantime.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register in the interim.

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