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HMA v Scott Robert Pollock
Apr 3, 2020
On sentencing, Lord Pentland made the following statement in court:
“Scott Robert Pollock, the jury has convicted you of two offences of rape committed against the same victim: first on a single occasion in 2005 and then on a second occasion between 2007 and 2008. At the time of the first offence you were 18 and your victim was 14; at the time of the second offence you were 19 or 20 and your victim was 16.
I take account of your age at the time you committed these offences. I must also take into account that at the time of committing these offences you were some years older than your victim.
I take account also of the passage of time since the offences.
It is likely if the complainer had been in a position to give evidence in the previous proceedings in 2016, which resulted in your being convicted of a number of similar offences, that the present charges would have featured on the earlier indictment. I proceed on the footing that the custodial part of the extended sentence of 8 years imprisonment imposed on you at that time would have been somewhat longer in order properly to reflect the additional offences of which you have now been convicted.
The present offences were further instances of your predatory sexual conduct. It appears to me that you were someone who had no respect for younger women. You were insistent on having sex with them despite their making it clear to you that they did not want to do so. On each occasion featuring in the present indictment you callously ignored your victim when she told you that she did not want to have intercourse with you.
Having regard to the sentences that you are already serving, and to the fact that the present offences represent a significant extension of the course of criminal conduct you pursued, I sentence you on charges 1 and 4 taken together to an additional term of 5 years imprisonment. This sentence will run from today’s date. The extension period of 2 years previously imposed will not commence until the expiry of the term of imprisonment that I have imposed.
You will remain subject to the notification requirements applying to sex offenders for the remainder of your life.