Con­victed sex of­fender is jailed for two years af­ter re-of­fend­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

A CON­VICTED sex of­fender has been sen­tenced to two years in jail while serv­ing a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der for sim­i­lar of­fences.

Ian Andrew Bruce, 49, cur­rently in In­ver­ness prison, will also be placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for 10 years af­ter he was con­victed of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing two women and per­form­ing sex­ual acts in front of them in De­cem­ber 2016, af­ter be­ing con­victed of sim­i­lar of­fences against three other women in May 2014.

On Thurs­day March 30, Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court heard that Bruce had been in custody since De­cem­ber 12 and that he had ten­dered a guilty plea in ad­vance of the first court hear­ing on March 3.

So­lic­i­tor Hamish Mel­rose ex­plained the more re­cent charges were more se­ri­ous than on the pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion and that Bruce had ‘gone fur­ther’ this time.

The court heard that Bruce was more than two thirds of the way through a three­year su­per­vised pro­gramme re­quire­ment as part of his com­mu­nity pay­back for the pre­vi­ous charges.

The court heard Bruce knew one of the com­plainants of the more re­cent charges and had been in­vited to her home that night where Bruce and both com­plainants drank quite a lot.

Bruce had found that the two fe­males had had some sort of sex­ual con­tact and had in­vited them to con­tinue in his pres­ence, and when they didn’t, he as­saulted them both and per­formed a sex­ual ac­tiv­ity in their pres­ence.

Mr Mel­rose said the crim­i­nal justice re­port de­scribed this as ‘op­por­tunis­tic of­fend­ing’ and that Bruce ac­cepted the de­scrip­tion that it was ‘a com­plete be­trayal of trusts’, and the im­pact his be­hav­iour would have upon the two women.

Mr Mel­rose added that on the pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion Bruce had lost a good job and had been sup­ported by his wife, but this was not the case now as their re­la­tion­ship had ended and he was no longer wel­come at home.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor said: ‘ It’s a very wor­ry­ing mat­ter as it shows a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in your be­hav­ior and I very much have in mind the pro­tec­tion of pub­lic and young peo­ple.’

He is­sued the prison sen­tence and re­called the pre­vi­ous com­mu­nity pay­back or­der and sub­sti­tuted a fur­ther six-month jail term to be served con­cur­rently.

He added it was im­por­tant the pub­lic con­tin­ued to have pro­tec­tion on Bruce’s re­lease and there­fore or­dered a two-year su­per­vised re­lease or­der as well as 10 years on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter.

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