December 2018

Sex predator who tried to rape Scots schoolgirl caged after victim’s dad heard her terrified screams

A sex predator snared after his victim’s father caught him attacking his daughter has been jailed for more than two years.

Marcus Donald pounced on the frightened 15-year-old after following her off a bus in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire.

Donald struck just a short distance from the schoolgirl’s home.

A judge heard how her panic-stricken dad heard her screams and immediately raced out.

Donald was soon held and today appeared for sentencing at the High Court in Glasgow.

The 25 year-old first offender had earlier pled guilty to a charge of assault with intent to rape.

Lord Burns jailed him for two years and four months. He also ordered him to be monitored for a further two years on his release.

The judge said: “You carried out a terrifying attack on a 15 year-old girl at night.

“You resorted to violence to try and rape her. It was fortunate her parents were close by and could go to her assistance.”

Donald, also of East Kilbride, will be on the sex offenders list indefinitely.

The attack happened after the girl had been out with friends on May 25.

Donald was on the same bus and went to ask the teenager: “Can I get your number?”

The girl felt “uneasy” and ignored the dad-of-one.

But, when she got off, Donald followed her.

The young victim tried to walk faster, but Donald grabbed her and shoved the girl to the ground.

The teenager pleaded with her attacker as he tugged at her leggings.

Prosecutor Jim Keegan QC said: “She shouted: ‘please don’t’. She started to scream for her parents. She happened to be only two minutes from her house.”

Donald then punched the girl who continued to cry for help.

Mr Keegan added: “Her parents heard and ran outside. Her father saw Donald standing over his daughter attempting to pull at her leggings.

“He shouted at Donald, who then ran off.”

The schoolgirl was described as “extremely frightened” following her ordeal Donald was later identified from CCTV where he was spotted near to the girl on the bus.

It also emerged he had called a taxi after the attack. The driver recalled him being “breathless” as he got in his cab.

Lord Burns said the sentence would have been three and a half years, but for the guilty plea.

November 2018

Dad saw off sex attacker who pounced on his 15-year-old daughter in the street

Donald pled guilty

A father caught a stranger carrying out a sex attack on his teenage daughter in the street.

Marcus Donald pounced on the terrified 15 year-old after following her off a bus in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire.

Donald struck just a short distance from the schoolgirl’s home.

A judge was told her panic-stricken dad heard her desperate cries and immediately raced out

Donald then fled when the man yelled at him to leave his daughter alone.

But, the sex predator was caught when CCTV clocked him tailing his victim from the bus.

First-offender Donald today pled guilty to assaulting the girl with intent to rape.

He was remanded in custody and will learn his fate next month.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the girl had been out with friends on May 25 this year before heading home.

Dad-of-one Donald, also of East Kilbride, got on the same bus and initially sat at the back.

But, he edged closer to the teenager and asked: “Can I get your number?”

Prosecutor Jim Keegan QC said the girl “felt uneasy” and ignored him.

She soon got off at her stop, but was followed by Donald.

The court heard the worried girl “increased her pace” to try and get away.

However, Donald caught up, grabbed the teenager and pushed her to the ground.

As the attacker tugged at her leggings, the young victim pleaded with him.

Mr Keegan: “She shouted: ‘please don’t’. She started to scream for her parents. She happened to be only two minutes from her house.”

Donald then punched the girl who continued to cry for help.

The prosecutor added: “Her parents heard and ran outside.

“Her father saw Donald standing over his daughter attempting to pull at her leggings.

“He shouted at Donald, who then ran off.”

The schoolgirl was described as “extremely frightened”. She was left bruised as a result of her ordeal.

Police soon began a hunt to catch the attacker.

Donald was identified from CCTV where he was spotted “standing close” to the girl on the bus.

It also emerged he had phoned a taxi after the attack. The driver recalled him being “breathless” as he entered the cab.

Mr Keegan said the victim has been left “nervous and anxious” following the incident.

Lord Burns placed Donald on the sex offenders list and deferred sentencing for reports