October 2017

Sex beast jailed

TWO brothers who held a teenager down and raped her during a horrific ordeal were jailed for a total of more than 11 years

Alexander Stewart, 20, met the victim through the Badoo dating website before taking part in the sex attacks with convicted sex offender sibling Christopher Drummond.

The pair attacked the teenager at Stewart’s home at a flat in Invergordon High Street, in Ross-shire, on October 18 last year.

A judge told the pair at the High Court in Edinburgh: “Together you subjected the 19-year-old complainer to an appalling series of sexual assaults.”

Lady Carmichael pointed out that Drummond had initially ordered Stewart to hold the victim down and issued further orders to him during the continuing assaults.

At one point Drummond, who claimed he was the boss in the house, told his younger brother to give her what she deserved although she was begging Stewart to stop.

Lady Carmichael said: “It was clear from the evidence that you Christopher Drummond dominated Alexander Stewart.

She jailed Drummond for seven years for his part in the rapes and his younger brother for four and a half years.

She told Stewart that she considered he was someone who was prone to manipulation by his older high risk brother and that he was genuinely afraid of him.

The judge told Drummond that his attitude to women was “extremely troubling”.

The judge ordered that Stewart should be given a further period of supervision for 18 months and told both brothers that they would be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

During the attacks they took off the victim’s lower clothing and restrained her in a bedroom and forced her legs apart before they both raped her.

The victim was then grabbed and pulled from the bedroom and raped again by Stewart.

A woman who saw the teenager following the assault and rapes committed on her said she was “crying hysterically”.

Drummond, 23, a prisoner, and Stewart, of High Street, Invergordon, had denied assaulting and raping her during an earlier trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

They were both found guilty of a charge of assaulting her and two charges of raping her.

Following the verdicts a court officer passed tissues to the pair to allow them to dab their eyes.

A woman told the court that on the night of the attack she had gone to Stewart’s flat with her children and the victim. She said when they arrived they found someone else there called Christopher Drummond.

She said they had been sitting talking and Drummond got Stewart to play the accordion. She said Drummond got the teenager to set on his knee.

The woman said: “He was touching her in a playful way round her waist.”

She said Drummond was telling Stewart to play the instrument “in a commanding way”.

She said Drummond and Stewart were drinking and thought it might have been Buckfast tonic wine they were consuming.

“At that point they seemed OK to me,” she added.

The woman said it got to the stage she was wanting to take the children back home.

She said she tried to get the teenager to come with her to her house but she wanted to stay.

She told advocate depute Keith Stewart QC that she was concerned that the teenager should come back to her home.

She said everyone left the flat, including Drummond and Stewart, to walk her home with the children as it was dark.

The woman said: “At that point she was still giggling and having a laugh with the boy. I just had a feeling that she needed to stay with me. I just had a feeling she shouldn’t be left alone with the boys.”

She said an incident in the flat had made her feel uncomfortable after she heard Drummond say: “I didn’t touch her.”

She said that Stewart, Drummond and the teenager left her near her home. The woman said she asked the teenager one more time to come back to her house but was told no.

She said she was told that they were returning to Stewart’s flat and she received a text message from the teenager confirming she had arrived there.

She later received a phone call from the teenage girl.

She said: “Her voice sounded scared. I said ‘what’s wrong, what’s wrong’. She said ‘I am on the way back to you’.”

The teenager told her where she was and she went to meet her.

The woman said: “She was on her own. She was shaking and crying and she was pale.”

The woman asked her what had happened and called the police. She said the victim was crying hysterically but eventually she was able to calm her down.

Following the pair’s convictions Mr Stewart told the court that Drummond had a more extensive criminal record than his co-accused Stewart.

He has previously been placed on the sex offenders’ register and also has convictions for violence.