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HMA v Robert Horne


Aug 24, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Uist sentenced Robert Horne to six years’ imprisonment after the offender was convicted of sexual abuse towards children.


On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in Court: 

“You have been convicted by the jury of an abhorrent and depraved course of sexual abuse, towards two children aged under 11, including attempted vaginal rape of one of them, over a period of three or four years. You have all along denied your guilt and shown no remorse.

You are now 53 years of age. In 1992 you were convicted of lewd and libidinous practices, which involved sexual abuse of children, and sentenced to three months imprisonment. You are completely undeserving of any mercy or leniency and your crimes must be marked by a severe sentence. On charges 1 and 3, taken together, the sentence which I impose is six years imprisonment, to run from today’s date.

As a result of that sentence you now become subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period.”

24 August 2020