Fam­ily tell of months of tor­ture as rapist is found guilty

Girl, 15, was at­tacked as she slept

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Front Page - Court reporter

The fam­ily of a young girl raped by Coat­bridge sex preda­tor Martin Lochrane say last week’s guilty ver­dict brought them some clo­sure af­ter 18 months of “tor­ture”.

Dad- of- three Lochrane was con­victed at the High Court in Glasgow of rap­ing the 15-year-old as she slept on the couch of a prop­erty in Air­drie last April.

The 28-year-old pae­dophile said the young­ster con­sented to have sex with him – a claim de­scribed by pros­e­cu­tors as “ut­ter hog­wash”.

Now, as Lochrane waits to be sen­tenced at the end of the month, a rel­a­tive of his vic­tim re­vealed to the Ad­ver­tiser: “We waited a year-and-a-half for the trial, which was tor­ture for us all; the fam­ily was truly bro­ken, all be­cause of an evil man.

“He knew the ver­dict was com­ing as his only re­ac­tion was a head shake. It was a huge re­lief to hear the unan­i­mous guilty ver­dict. It has been very dif­fi­cult for our fam­ily to be nor­mal dur­ing this time, but we have a great sup­port net­work.

“We are so re­lieved the whole process is over now and we can start heal­ing to­gether.”

The jury dur­ing Lochrane’s trial heard how his ter­ri­fied schoolgirl vic­tim was “bor­der­line hys­ter­i­cal” af­ter be­ing pounced upon by the despicable preda­tor.

Lochrane now faces a lengthy prison sen­tence af­ter be­ing found guilty of rape, and will learn his fate when he re­turns to the dock later this month.

His teenage vic­tim re­called in court how she had been asleep on a sofa when she awoke to find Lochrane hav­ing sex with her.

In his clos­ing speech to ju­rors, prose­cu­tor Mark McGuire said Lochrane claimed what oc­curred was “en­tirely con­sen­sual”.

But, the ad­vo­cate de­pute went on to state: “If that is true, why on earth would the girl be so dis­traught im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards?”

Lochrane is due to be sen­tenced on Novem­ber 30 in Ed­in­burgh.

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