May 2021

Man jailed for 30 months for sexually assaulting two girls

A sexual predator who handcuffed a teenage girl on a bed and sexually assaulted her has been jailed for 30 months.

A sheriff said the fact the 16-year-old girl whom he handcuffed before assaulting had the functioning age of a much younger child made that offence “particularly distasteful”.

Andrew Boyne, now of Inverkeithing, targeted the 16-year-old in a flat in Stirling while his partner was out at bingo.

A jury saw a video of an interview with the victim, carried out by police officers in 2017.

The child said she “froze” after Boyne had “touched her inappropriately” under her bedcovers.

She told the police that a few days later Boyne’s partner and another man went to the bingo and Boyne handcuffed her “really tight” with silver “chain-type” handcuffs when they were alone in the flat together.

Officers asked her: “What happened when the cuffs were on?”

She replied: “He did the same as he did on the Monday and I couldn’t do anything because I had the handcuffs on.

“I had my pyjamas on… my feet were dangling off the edge of the bed.”

Boyne’s victim told police she was “scared” and later told a relative what had happened.

Now 19, she told Falkirk Sheriff Court the assault had felt “horrible”.

The older victim told the court she was 18 and staying in a bed and breakfast in Stirling’s Raploch area when Boyne sexually assaulted her in May 2012.

Imposing the 30-month jail term, Sheriff said: “Clearly these are significant matters.

“The second charge was particularly significant, because although [the victim] was around 16 at the time she had a functioning age of a much younger child.