Mum with Mal­tese sur­name caught hav­ing sex with boy, 14

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

A mum-of-two with a Mal­tese sur­name who was caught hav­ing sex with a 14-year-old boy has avoided jail in Scot­land be­cause she was “very, very drunk”.

A rel­a­tive of the teenage school­boy stum­bled upon An­gela Gatt in the act after a boozy night.

The 37-year-old had knocked back prosecco and the boy had been drink­ing al­copops, the Daily Record re­ported.

Nei­ther Gatt nor her vic­tim can re­mem­ber any­thing about the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened in sum­mer 2015.

When the boy’s rel­a­tive walked in and found him on top of her, he fled the room. Cleaner Gatt asked the rel­a­tive: “What’s your prob­lem?” and was re­minded of his age.

Ms Gatt, of Dal­rym­ple, Ayr­shire, was set to face trial in Septem­ber but ad­mit­ted one count of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child.

Her lawyer said she was “brave” for plead­ing guilty to her crime.

She was vis­it­ing a house in Cum­bria when the tryst took place and claims she had drank too much to re­call events, the Mir­ror re­ported.

Prose­cu­tor Vir­ginia Hay­ton told Carlisle Crown Court that after be­ing caught naked with the boy on top of her, Gatt fell and in­jured her­self, so paramedics and po­lice were called to the scene.

The vic­tim is said to be em­bar­rassed and has had the “mickey took out of him” by his friends since the in­ci­dent.

Judge Bar­bara For­rester said that the rel­a­tive had caught her in the act.

Judge For­rester told Gatt: “There is a dis­par­ity of age, a se­ri­ous breach of trust and you had both drunk al­co­hol but I ac­cept you did not pro­vide it to him. What hap­pened after that, we will never know.”

She handed Gatt a 20-month prison sen­tence sus­pended for two years.

The judge made Gatt sub­ject to a sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der, put her on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for 10 years and or­dered her to pay £1,000 costs.

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