April 2018

Justice to be served at Perth Sheriff Court

A pervert who plied a schoolgirl with drink and drugs – then coerced her into performing sex acts on him – could finally discover his fate on May 16.

The offences took place when Stephen Hamilton was 35 and his victim, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was just 15.

He was due to be sentenced at Perth Sheriff Court last week but the court heard he had changed his lawyer and they required to “fully peruse the documentation”.

Hamilton, now 58, of Stronachie House, Forgandenny, pled guilty last year to a charge of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards the underage girl 

The indecent acts took place at various farm roads near his home, at Dunblane Hydro Hotel and a bed and breakfast in Perth’s Marshall Place.

The court heard that he would often take his victim out in his car and then park on rural roads.

He began by kissing and touching her inappropriately before he was able to groom her to perform more intimate acts on him.

Depute Fiscal Tina Dickie said Hamilton would regularly ply her with alcohol and cannabis when he took her out to make her more susceptible to his inappropriate advances.

“She did not want to carry out these acts but the accused would persuade her,” she told the court.

“He told her: ‘This is what you do when you are in a relationship.’”

She was too frightened to tell him to stop.

The teenager kept quiet about the liaisons for almost two decades before confiding in her partner in 2015.

The police were then alerted and that led to the divorced marketing manager being charged.

He was to have been sentenced at the end of last year but subsequently claimed he believed the girl to be over 16 when he had consensual sex with her.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said his understanding of the Crown narration was that the accused knew she was just 15.

Sentence was deferred to allow a proof in mitigation to take place last month but that wasn’t “insisted on,” sparing the victim the trauma of a possible court appearance.

He was to have been dealt with on Wednesday but that has now been delayed until next month to give his new legal representative more time to study the papers.

Hamilton’s name has already been added to the Sex Offenders’ Register.

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