Nine years for rapist who ‘robbed vic­tims of their child­hoods’

● High Court judge says Colin Not­man still at high risk of re­of­fend­ing

The Scotsman - - Features - By DAVE FINLAY

A child rapist who was de­ported from Amer­ica to face jus­tice was jailed for nine years yes­ter­day af­ter a judge told him he had robbed his vic­tims of their child­hoods.

Colin Not­man at­tacked two girls at houses in Ed­in­burgh on sev­eral dates in 2013 and 2016, in­clud­ing rap­ing one of them twice on a sin­gle day.

Not­man, 27, re­turned to at­tack the sec­ond vic­tim at her home af­ter ear­lier sub­ject­ing her to a rape, but fled when a woman ar­rived on the scene.

Not­man, of HMP Ed­in­burgh, ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting two of­fences of rape and a sex­ual as­sault, and fail­ing to ap­pear at a High Court hear­ing. 0 Colin Not­man was de­ported from the US to face charges

The judge at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh, Lady Mag­gie Scott, told Not­man: “You have robbed both chil­dren of their child­hoods and caused last­ing dam­age. These young chil­dren will have to re­build their lives.

She added: “Your fail­ure to ap­pear [in court] caused con­sid­er­able de­lay and as­so­ci­ated dis­tress to vic­tims.”

Lady Scott said a back­ground re­port on Not­man sug­gested he was at high risk of re- of­fend­ing. She or­dered he be kept un­der su­per­vi­sion for a fur­ther two years and placed him on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for life.

Lady Scott said she took ac­count of his “rel­a­tively young age” and his re­morse and recog­ni­tion that his con­duct had caused se­ri­ous harm.

Not­man failed to turn up for a court hear­ing on 9 Fe­bru­ary last year af­ter he was ear­lier granted bail at Ed­in­burgh Sher­iff Court, and a war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest. It was dis­cov­ered he had been ar­rested by po­lice in the US. He was de­ported and de­tained on his ar­rival at Ed­in­burgh Air­port on 23 Jan­uary this year.

Not­man first struck be­tween 1 Jan­uary and 23 July in 2013 when he at­tacked a ten-yearold at a house in the city af­ter join­ing her and other chil­dren play­ing hide and seek. He took the girl to an at­tic bed­room and raped her. Later the same day he raped her again.

Not­man first at­tacked his sec­ond vic­tim at his for­mer ad­dress in the Broom­house area be­tween 1 Oc­to­ber and 31 De­cem­ber.

He at­tacked the girl again on 10 March, 2016 at a dif­fer­ent house, but a woman walked in dur­ing the at­tack and he fled.

He was later de­tained by po­lice at a house in the city’s Gorgie area and foren­sic ev­i­dence linked him to the sex as­sault on the sec­ond girl.

De­fence coun­sel David Ni­chol­son said Not­man had gone to the US af­ter form­ing an on­line re­la­tion­ship with an Amer­i­can woman who paid his air fare for him to join her.

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