February 2021

Two little girls raped by pervert who warned ‘I’ll kill your mum if you tell’

A child sex attacker shouted “happy days” after being convicted of raping two young girls.

Joseph Law, 44, struck while apparently looking after the victims.

The youngsters were aged just three and 11 when Law began preying on them at different addresses in East Kilbride. He later tried to get one of the victims not to testify against him.

Law now faces a lengthy jail-term after being convicted of rape and lewd and libidinous conduct against one of the girls and of raping the other. He was further found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

It emerged Law had previously been jailed for 18 months in 2017 for a campaign of violence against six children.

Lord Matthews deferred sentencing in this latest case for a criminal justice social work report to be compiled on the rapist.

But, Law – who threw off his face mask – started ranting at the judge from the dock.

He stated: “It won’t happen – I don’t agree with social workers. I don’t co-operate with them.”

As Law was then lead to the cells, he shouted towards jurors on the TV screens: “Goodbye…happy days.”

He will return to court next month.

The attacks occurred between 2009 and 2014.

The older of the two victims told jurors how, after one incident, Law said she had now “become a woman”.

She later confided in her mother what had gone on.

But, the victim told prosecutor Chris McKenna: “She confronted him and he said I was lying, that it was lies.”

She recalled being frightened of Law.

The witness went on: “He told me he could kill my mum if I told her. I was also scared no one would believe me.”

Prosecutors stated in August 2019 that Law contacted this victim while in HMP Addiewell.

This was said to be an attempt to get her to deny she had given statements to police and to “refuse to answer questions” at trial.

Law – who denied the charges – was remanded pending reports.

February 2017

East Kilbride brute who beat six children and drove teen victim to drink and drug abuse is jailed

A callous brute who terrorised six children over four years was yesterday caged for 18 months.

Joseph Law, 40, showed no emotion as he was handed down the reduced sentence for beating vulnerable youngsters and driving a traumatised teenage victim to alcohol and drug abuse.

Hamilton Sheriff Court earlier heard how the East Kilbride man locked young children outside in the cold for long periods of time and once dragged an infant down a flight of stairs by her hair.

The horrific abuse came to light in June 2014 when the oldest victim bravely confided in her guidance teacher about the “catalogue of physical abuse” she and five other children were subjected to at addresses in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire and Glasgow.

The court was told she had sustained bruising and had red marks all over her body from where she had been punched by Law.

Fiscal depute Callum Forsyth said that during interviews by police and the social work department, the children described a catalogue of physical abuse from October 24, 2010.

He said: “The eldest child was repeatedly punched and slapped on the body, subjected to abusive remarks, shouted at and, on one occasion, he [Law] threw a plate near to her.

“During this time, she was repeatedly seized and pulled by her body.”

The court heard how the teenager was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Forsyth added: “The physical abuse took its toll on her and during her teenage years she had drug and alcohol problems.”

Law slapped all of the children repeatedly on the body and numerous times he grabbed the youngest child by her hair – on one occasion dragging her down a flight of stairs while doing so.

Last month, Law pled guilty to five reduced counts of child assault and admitted to one amended charge of child assault to injury.

His lawyer Diarmid Bruce pleaded in mitigation for a community payback disposal, claiming that Law suffers from anxiety and aggression.

He said: “Regarding the charges Mr Law doesn’t have full recall of this, but he accepts the children said this so it must be accurate. He was anxious and wanted to avoid the children giving evidence.

“He is a man of limited intellectual capability and has greatly let himself down.

“Despite the fact his actions were unacceptable he doesn’t strike me as a bad person… he struggles to understand situations.”

Mr Bruce told the court that Law, who had been remanded in custody, had been placed in solitary confinement for his own safety because details of the case had been mentioned in the press.

Asking Sheriff Thomas Millar for an unpaid work order or restriction of liberty order as an alternative to a custodial sentence, Mr Bruce added: “He [Law] has to attend to the difficulties in his life.

“The charges, although very unpleasant, by court standards, I wouldn’t say they were at the higher end of the scale.”

However, Sheriff Millar hit back and pointed out that the older child was affected more deeply than the others.

He said there was no excuse as the incidents were “not one-offs but “numerous, repeated incidents”.

Sentencing Law, Sheriff Millar said: “Clearly from what’s been said the abuse of most of the children took place consistently over a four-year period and, therefore, this case has to be dealt with by way of a custodial sentence.

Law was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment backdated to September 27 when he was first taken into custody.

His sentence was reduced from two years because of his guilty plea.

January 2017

East Kilbride man faces jail for despicable four-year campaign of child abuse

AN East Kilbride brute has admitted subjecting six children to a four-year reign of terror which drove one of his traumatised victims to alcohol and drug abuse.

Joseph Law beat the vulnerable youngsters, locked some of them outside in the cold for long periods and even dragged an infant down a flight of stairs by her hair.

He was finally snared by police when the oldest victim built up the courage to tell her school guidance teacher about the “catalogue of physical abuse” she and five other children were forced to endure at the hands of the 40-year-old.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how the horrific abuse came to light in June 2014.

The complainer confided in a teacher and made disclosures of physical abuse. The victims were interviewed by police and social workers, with the exception of the youngest.

The children were physically abused at addresses in the town and elsewhere in South Lanarkshire and Glasgow.

Fiscal depute Callum Forsyth said: “During the interviews the children described a catalogue of physical abuse from October 24, 2010.

“The eldest child was repeatedly punched and slapped on the body, subjected to abusive remarks, shouted at and, on one occasion, he [Law] threw a plate near to her.

“During this time, she was repeatedly seized and pulled by her body.”

The court heard how the child sustained bruising and had red marks all over her body from where she had been punched by Law.

Mr Forsyth went on: “The physical abuse took its toll on her and during her teenage years she had drug and alcohol problems. She still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.”

On numerous occasions, two of the children were repeatedly slapped on the body and put outside where they were locked out for long periods.

All of the children were slapped repeatedly on the body over the course of four years.

Mr Forsyth told the court how Law then turned on the youngest victim.

The prosecutor said: “He was grabbing the child by her hair on numerous occasions and repeatedly slapping the child on the body.

“On one occasion where he was seizing the young child, he seized her by her hair and dragged her down a flight of stairs.

Law pleaded guilty to five amended counts of child assault and one reduced charge of child assault to injury at the sheriff court on Friday.

Sheriff Thomas Millar deferred sentence until February 7 and called for reports. Law, described as a prisoner of Addiewell HMP, was remanded in custody.