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Lord Advocate should order review of sexual assault case

6 Feb 2019

The Scottish Conservatives have asked the Lord Advocate to order a review into the case of Christopher Daniel, who was granted an absolute discharge despite his conviction of repeatedly sexually assaulting a six year old girl.

In a letter to the Lord Advocate, Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary asked him to consider a review in the public interest, and reconsider the Crown Office’s decision not to appeal the ruling in this case.

Mr Daniel, who was 15-17 at the time, pleaded guilty to the charges but was given an absolute discharge by Sheriff Gerard Sinclair.

This means that Mr Daniel will not be on the sex offenders register or have any criminal record.

Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary said:

“This case is deeply disturbing.

“A young man has been convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a six year old girl, and yet has walked away with an unblemished record.

“That is profoundly concerning and the public outcry has been deafening.

“It is not for politicians to second guess a judge’s ruling, however, this is such a concerning case that I am compelled to ask for further clarity on this issue.

“Given the level of public disquiet and concern about this ruling, I have asked the Lord Advocate to provide further clarity on this disposal, consider a review in the public interest, and reconsider the Crown Office’s decision not to appeal the ruling in this case.

“I believe most people in Scotland would argue that such an appalling offence should carry with it a clear and unequivocal sanction.”