February 2013

Man jailed for raping girl

A sex beast who raped a teenage girl at her 14th birthday party was jailed yesterday for six years.

Judge Lord Bannatyne told 28-year-old Stuart Hatch: “These events have had an appalling effect on your rape victim.”

And Lord Bannatyne described the sexual remarks made by Hatch to a group of teenager girls at the party as “nasty”.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the attack took place at the house in Paisley, Renfrewshire, where the celebration was held.

Hatch – whose pregnant wife was also at the party – had earlier been heard making lewd comments to other girls.

The court heard that the party took place last September – just days before the victim was due to turn 14.

Prosecutor Shirley McKenna said Hatch was heard directing “sexual remarks” towards young female guests.

This had left them feeling “uncomfortable”.

One described Hatch as “getting creepier and creepier” and some of the girls decided to leave due to his behaviour.

The victim was later in a bedroom at the house when she became aware of Hatch lying next to her.

He began touching her inappropriately before eventually raping the youngster.

Miss McKenna told the court: “She was scared, but pretended to be asleep.”

The girl fled from the house after the attack and went to a friend’s home where she was found to be “crying hysterically”.

She said she had been raped and the police were contacted.

Hatch was later detained and claimed at the time that he had been “cuddling” with the girl.

Hatch pleaded guilty to raping one girl and to a separate charge of making sexual comments to young girls at the party.