July 2020

Evil Scots rapist who threatened to “ruin” teenage victim after horror attack jailed for four years

A serial Scots sex offender who raped a teenage girl before threatening to “ruin her” has been jailed for four years.

William Hailes ignored the 16-year-old’s frantic pleas for him to stop during the horrendous attack at a house in Livingston, West Lothian, on November 8 last year.

The 21-year-old pulled his victim’s trousers and pants down before forcing her to bend over a bed where he raped her.

After the attack, the callous fiend told the young girl that he would “ruin her”.

Hailes, of Bathgate, was already a high risk registered sex offender and was being monitored by authorities before the horrific rape.

The teenager broke down crying just days after the attack and told her mother what had happened prompting police to be called.

Lord Boyd of Duncansby told Hailes that he would have jailed him for six years if he had been convicted of the offence after trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Instead, the rapist was jailed for four years and will be monitored for a further six year period while also being placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Lord Boyd said that Hailes had no insight into the impact the rape may have had on the teenage victim.

The judge said: “Tellingly, you regret the offence because of the impact it has had on you.”

Defence counsel Niall McCluskey urged the court not to impose an Order for Lifelong Restriction, whereby an offender is kept in prison until they are no longer considered a danger.

He said: “To impose an OLR on a 21-year-old is quite a drastic sentence, not-withstanding the severity of the offence.”