January 2020

East Kilbride dad-of-three jailed for attempted rape of schoolgirl, 13, while he was supposed to be looking after her

An East Kilbride dad has been jailed for attempting to rape a 13-year-old schoolgirl.

Nicholas Craig, pounced on the youngster as he looked after her at a house in the Lanarkshire town on March 15 2017.

Giving evidence, the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court Craig was looking after her while her mum was working.

She was not present at the High Court in Glasgow, but a video interview given to a social worker and policewoman was played to the jury.

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The Daily Record reports she sobbed as she said: “He asked me to give him a hug. He was hugging and kissing and touching me. I didn’t know what was happening, he pulled down his trousers.

“I was a bit shocked and a bit scared as well. He lay down on the bed with me. I was facing down. I didn’t know what had happened. I was in shock and I was upset.”

She was asked how Craig was and answered: “He carried on as if it was a normal thing to do,” and added: “I just jumped up and said ‘I’m going for a shower’ and walked out.”

The girl said: “I was in the shower for 30 minutes.”

She contacted a friend on Snapchat, and told the court: “She was asking me what was wrong.”

The girl was asked: “Were you upset?” She replied: “Yes, I was crying.”

She added: “My friend told me to tell my mum.”

The court was told cops were called and clothes and underwear worn by the girl at the time were taken away for forensic examination.

Craig – a dad of three – was also convicted of making or recording a moving image of him touching a woman’s buttocks on one occasion on August 5, 2013.

He admitted making a recording of the 13-year-old girl’s buttocks and had touched her buttocks.

Craig, of Dunlop Tower, did not give evidence but he denied attempting to rape the girl and making the recording of the woman’s buttocks.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced by Judge Tom Hughes on February 25.