April 2018

Convicted rapist attacks eight year old girl

A CONVICTED rapist is back behind bars after a sex attack on a eight year-old girl.

James Morrow abused the child at a house in Greenock, Inverclyde in January this year.

The youngster later told her hysterical mother what happened before police were alerted.

A judge yesterday heard Morrow, of nearby Gourock, was already on the sex offenders’ register for life at the time.

He was jailed for 14 years in the mid-90s in England for raping a stranger.

Morrow now faces another lengthy spell behind bars after he pled guilty to sexually assaulting the girl.

A female relative of the child was at the High Court in Glasgow for the hearing.

Morrow appeared to apologise as he was led to the cells – but the woman shouted back: “Sorry does not cut it.”

He was remanded in custody pending sentencing in Livingston on May 9.

Prosecutor Angela Gray said Morrow had been freed from prison in 2004.

He latterly lived in Gourock and was known to the girl and her family.

The court heard the child had been asked to tidy her bedroom and had initially refused.

Morrow was there and he then offered to help. It was then he took the opportunity to prey on the youngster.

The terrified child had asked: “What are you doing?” – but the pervert stated: “Nothing.”

It was only after he later left the house that the girl first told her brother then her “very upset” mother of what occurred.

Police held Morrow who said to officers: “Tell me what its all about?”

However, he went on to make no comment when later quizzed.

Miss Gray said the girl had been “bubbly and talkative” before the attack.

But, she now refuses to go back into the room where it occurred and has become “quiet and subdued”.

Her mother had written a victim impact statement on her behalf. No other details were revealed.

Lord Burns adjourned the case for reports.