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Lanarkshire’s Hogg, 21, rapes 13 year old but walks free because ‘he is too young’

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Sean Hogg

Sean Hogg, 21, raped a 13 year old girl in Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian, Scotland, by threatening her, pulling down her clothes, grabbing her wrists, then penetrating her. A judge sentencing him to a community order and it has sparked national outrage.

Sean Hogg was placed under ‘supervision’, put on the sexual offenders register for just 3 years, and given 270 hours of unpaid work. The judge referred to his age, arguing that he is ‘too young’ to go to prison.

Those in the legal and political profession have spoken openly about about how unjust this is, with Rape Crisis Scotland’s CEO Sandy Brindley describing it as “worryingly lenient”.

“This is an extremely serious case and we are shocked this perpetrator has not received a custodial sentence. Given the gravity of this crime and the fact it was tried at the High Court, this sentence appears to us to be worryingly lenient.

Our thoughts are with the survivor of this crime. For survivors of any sexual violence, it can be very difficult to see reports of convicted perpetrators walking free from court.” She said.

Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Jamie Greene said: “The lack of a prison sentence is a total insult to the young teenage victim in this case. It once again reaffirms how misguided the SNP’s sentencing guidelines are in reality and how judges’ hands are tied as a result.”

Hogg attacked the victim, 13, on multiple occasions between March-June of 2018, when he was 17.

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New guidance by the Scottish Sentencing Council treats offenders under the age of 25 due to their ‘lower level of maturity’.

Lord Lake said: “Rape is one of the most serious crimes and that is why it is tried at the High Court. Looking at the circumstances, her age and vulnerabilities are aggravating factors.

For the level of seriousness, I have to consider your liability and have regard to your age as a factor. This offence, if committed by an adult over 25, you attract a sentence of four or five years.

I don’t consider that appropriate and don’t intend to send you to prison. You are a first offender with no previous history of prison; you are 21 and were 17 at the time. Prison does not lead me to believe this will contribute to your rehabilitation.”

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