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HMA v Stephen Coffey

 

Dec 17, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, Lord Uist sentenced Stephen Coffey to 7 years and 6 months imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of two charges of rape.

 

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

“You have been convicted by the jury of two charges of rape against the same woman, one in July 2017 in Inverness when she was asleep, and one in January 2019 in Kiltarlity when you used force.

You are now 31 years old. You have a disgraceful criminal record dating from December 2005. It consists of 35 court appearances, and, by my calculation, 56 separate offences and 18 separate custodial sentences. You have 6 convictions for assault and one for hamesucken, which means assaulting someone in their own home, for which you received a sentence of 12 months imprisonment. You have breached bail orders on numerous occasions.

The sentence which I impose on both charges taken together is 7 years 6 months imprisonment, of which 6 months is attributable to the aggravations. Your sentence will run from 16 January 2019.

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

17 December 2020