Sex case of­fender pleads for mum

Wishaw Press - - CELEBRATION -

A sex of­fender be­gan wail­ing for his mum as he was locked up for as­sault­ing a young woman in her home.

Jor­dan Mor­ri­son begged ‘Please, please, you can’t do this – I’m so sorry’, after a sher­iff sen­tenced him to 15 months in prison.

Lawyers and court staff watched in stunned si­lence as the tear­ful 21- year- old shouted re­peat­edly for his mum in the pub­lic gallery.

Fi r s t o f f e n d e r Mor­ri­son ap­peared re­luc­tant to leave the dock and pleaded with Sher­iff Thomas Mil­lar to change his mind about the sen­tence.

He was even­tu­ally led by a po­lice of­fi­cer to the cells at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court and told by his es­cort to ‘calm down’.

Mor­ri­son, of Mor­ton Street, Mother­well, ad­mit­ted mo­lest­ing the woman at a house in Bell­shill on June 24 last year.

So­lic­i­tor Diarmid Bruce said his client was sorry for his be­hav­iour to­wards the woman, whom he knew, and by plead­ing guilty had spared her the ordeal of giv­ing ev­i­dence.

He said Mor­ri­son has a full-time job and sug­gested a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der could be im­posed to “steer him in the right di­rec­tion”.

But Sher­iff Mil­lar told Mor­ri­son: “This is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter which has had a fairly dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on the young woman.

“It was a breach of trust she had placed in you by let­ting you into her home on that oc­ca­sion.

“I’m afraid noth­ing other than a cus­to­dial sen­tence is ap­pro­pri­ate.”

The sher­iff said he would have jailed Mor­ri­son for 20 months but for his guilty plea to an amended charge.

Mor­ri­son was also put on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for 10 years.

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