Family tell of months of torture as rapist is found guilty
Girl, 15, was attacked as she slept
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.