November 2020

Scots sex predator, 40, raped girl, 12, after drugging her lemonade with street valium

A sex predator who drugged and raped a 12-year-old girl claimed she attacked him.

Alexander Keenan, 40, preyed on the child after giving her lemonade laced with street valium.

He then got a teenage boy to try and help him cover up the sick crime in May 2018.

This included Keenan setting up a “role play” by posing as a lawyer to get the child used to what questions he might face.

He denied the accusations during a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Keenan insisted he was the victim and had been left in a “personal hell” by what the girl said.

But, he was today convicted of raping the child at a house in Alloa, Clacks.

Keenan was remanded in custody pending sentencing next month.

The court heard how the pervert attacked the girl – then left to have a cup of tea and a cigarette.

But, he claimed to jurors how he had been asleep in the house when he awoke to find the girl molesting him.

Keenan went on: “I was worse than shocked. I was completely and utterly devastated.

“I was in my own personal hell.”

He said he only learned of the accusations against him via someone else.

Prosecutor Greg Farrell quizzed Keenan on the drug Etizolam later being found in his young victim’s system.

The rapist said he had “no idea” how that happened.

But, Mr Farrell went on: “You know exactly how – you put it in lemonade.”

Keenan: “That’s not true.”

The advocate depute: “So, it was she who sexually assaulted you?”

He replied: “I can only go on what I woke up to.”

Keenan also alleged a teenage boy had “volunteered” to support his claims.

But, jurors heard it was Keenan who tried to get the youngster to lie.

Mr Farrell put to Keenan: “You went as far as to rehearse what would be said by lawyers.

“You would role play this by pretending to be the lawyer asking him questions.

“Did he invent that?”

Keenan: “Yes, totally.”

Keenan, of Alloa, repeatedly shook his head following the guilty verdict.

Judge Alistair Watson told him: “You have been convicted of the rape of a 12 year-old girl – a vile and disgusting crime.

“It would be completely inappropriate meantime for you to remain at liberty.”

Keenan had his bail revoked as sentencing was deferred for reports.