March 2019

Man jailed for attempted rape in a Highland village

A man who attempted to rape a young girl in a Highland village was yesterday jailed for four and a half years.

Andrew Heeps, 55, admitted at the High Court in Glasgow to trying to rape the girl at a house in the remote village in the early 1990s when she was a young child.

He also pled guilty to sexually abusing another girl at various addresses in Lanarkshire, on various occasions between September 2004 and September 2006 when she was a teenager.

Defence counsel Jennifer Bain said: “Mr Heeps was himself abused as a child and that had an impact on him, although he is not putting that forward as an excuse.

“He has expressed regret for what he did.”

Prosecutor Duncan McPhie said: “The second girl helped him with his work as a delivery driver for a takeaway restaurant.

“He made comments about her breasts and then progressed to him placing his hands on them and making jokes.”

Heeps, from West Lothian, then began touching her private parts and would always say “Go on, just give us a feel.”

The court heard that Heeps went into the girl’s bedroom and got into bed with her, kissed her and then tried to rape her.

In March 2017 the accused contacted his victim on Facebook, she confronted him and then reported him to the police.

Heeps’ other victim, who was sexually abused by him, also contacted the police.

Judge Lord Arthurson placed Heeps, who is a first offender, on the sex offenders’ register and told him: “You have committed extremely serious sexual offences against young girls.”

February 2019

Man, 55, pleads guilty to attempted rape and sexual abuse of young girls

Andrew Heeps admitted to the attempted rape of one girl and sexually assaulting another

A man who attempted to rape one young girl and repeatedly molested another in Hamilton has been brought to justice by his victims.

Today, Andrew Heeps, 55, from West Lothian, admitted trying to rape the girl at a house in the Highlands in 1992 or 1993 when she was aged 11 or 12.

He also pled guilty to sexually abusing the other girl at various addresses in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, on various occasions between September 2004 and September 2006 when she was aged between 14 and 15.

Prosecutor Duncan McPhie said: “The second girl helped him with his work as a delivery driver for a takeaway restaurant.

“He made comments about her breasts and then progressed to him placing his hands on them and making jokes.”

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Heeps then began touching her private parts and would always say “Go on, just give us a feel.”

The court heard that Heeps attempted to rape the other girl while he and his wife were visiting friends

After an argument with his wife, who stormed out and sat in their car, Heeps went into the girl’s bedroom and got into bed with her.

He kissed her and then tried to rape her. The girl tried to stop him and kept moving away from him.

She later told her sister and a cousin what had happened to her, but said not to tell anyone.

In March 2017 the accused contacted his victim on Facebook, she confronted him and then reported him to the police.

Heeps’ other victim also contacted the police.

Judge Lord Arthurson placed Heeps, who is a first offender, on the sex offenders’ register and told him: “You have pled guilty to extremely serious sexual offences against young girls.”

He deferred sentence until next month for background reports.