January 2003

Child Rapist jailed for 10 years

A sailor from Fife who raped a fourteen-year-old girl has been jailed for 10 years.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Andrew Marshall, 25, from Leven, attacked the teenager behind a nursery school in Methil just over a year ago.

Marshall had denied raping the youngster and shouted “rough justice” as he was led to the cells.

Passing sentence Lord Hardie said Marshall had committed a “serious and unprovoked attack” on a complete stranger.

At an earlier trial the court heard the teenager had been walking in Methilhaven Road when Marshall grabbed her from behind, and raped her in the grounds of nearby Woodlands Nursery.

In the hunt for the attacker police carried out DNA tests on men and boys living in the Methil area.

Detectives said although Marshall was not tested he knew he was likely to be screened and he came forward to police.

He claimed the girl had willingly had sex with him, and that she told him she was 17.

But at the trial the jury rejected his claim and found Marshall guilty of rape.

Passing sentence on Friday Lord Hardie told him: “It is clear that this was a very serious, unprovoked attack on a complete stranger – and a young girl at that.

‘Nasty crime’

“It is also clear that the public require to be protected from such assaults.”

Lord Hardie ordered that when Marshall was released from prison he should spend an additional six years on licence.

His name was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Detective Sergeant Alan Findlay, of Fife Police, told BBC Scotland that the response from the people of Methil was “extremely good”.

He said: “People found it disgusting to be honest and it was a very, very nasty crime indeed.

“People are just not willing to tolerate these things on their doorstep.”