Pae­dophile launches bid to cut 15-year sen­tence

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - By Karen Roberts

A MAN jailed for 15 years af­ter be­ing con­victed of an “un­speak­ably wicked” cat­a­logue of sex of­fences against chil­dren, in­clud­ing rape, has launched a bid to slash his sen­tence.

Eric Raf­ferty, 70, has lodged an ap­peal against his 15-year jail term.

A spokesman for the Scot­tish Court and Tri­bunal Ser­vice con­firmed the case will call at the ap­peal court in Ed­in­burgh next week.

Raf­ferty was found guilty af­ter a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen ear­lier this year – and was later handed the jail term by Judge Lord Uist.

He de­nied the al­le­ga­tions against him, but was con­victed of two charges of rape which in­volved him as­sault­ing two girls over a num­ber of years.

The of­fences, which be­gan in the 1980s, took place over an eight-year pe­riod at ad­dresses in the North-east and in­volved four young girls.

Raf­ferty was also con­victed of a charge of at­tempt­ing to rape one of the girls on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions over more than five years, as well as four charges of us­ing lewd li­bidi­nous and in­de­cent prac­tices.

Raf­ferty was orig­i­nally re­ported by one of his vic­tims in the 1990s, but it was more than two decades be­fore he faced jus­tice.

On sen­tenc­ing Lord Uist told Raf­ferty: “These of­fences con­sisted of cal­cu­lated, sys­tem­atic and de­praved sex­ual abuse of these chil­dren when the op­por­tu­nity arose for you to en­gage in such con­duct. “These were un­speak­ably wicked crimes and your vic­tims have all been deeply af­fected by what you did to them.”

And the judge told him that due to the “grav­ity” of the of­fences he would have to im­pose a “very long sen­tence”.

Mean­while, the Na­tional So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren Scot­land said on Raf­ferty’s sen­tenc­ing he had car­ried out a “cam­paign of de­praved and hor­rific abuse against chil­dren”.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also said: “This case sends out the mes­sage once again that child abuse will not be tol­er­ated, no mat­ter when the of­fences took place.”

Raf­ferty was also placed on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod.

These were un­speak­ably wicked crimes

locked up: Eric Raf­ferty was jailed for 15 years at the High Court.

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