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Drug addict raped 14-year-old as she walked home from park

Jamie King was 17 when he raped the girl as she walked home in Aberdeen in 2013.

High Court: Jamie King sentenced to six years in jail.
High Court: Jamie King sentenced to six years in jail. © Deadline

A drug addict who preyed on an underage schoolgirl after she had been drinking was jailed for six years.

Jamie King offered to walk the 14-year-old home before subjecting her to a sex ordeal in his home city of Aberdeen.

The 20-year-old, who was 17 at the time, grabbed hold of the girl who had drunk half a bottle of vodka and took her bag and mobile phone before raping her.

He had earlier denied assaulting and raping the teenager on October 5 in 2013 at Queen Street and the rear of shop premises at Great Northern Road, Aberdeen, while she was intoxicated with alcohol, but was found guilty at a trial.

Judge Paul Arthurson QC at the High Court in Edinburgh told him: "Your victim was a 14-year-old schoolgirl who was a stranger to you.

"You left the scene leaving her weeping and distressed.

"You have demonstrated no signs of remorse or regret for your actions.

"Such is the gravity of the offence of rape of which you have been convicted that there is no alternative to a substantial custodial sentence."

The judge said he had concluded King represented "a high risk of causing serious harm".

He sentenced King to six years detention and ordered he be kept under supervision for a further two-year period.

King was told he would be on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

He was also convicted of stealing the mobile phone, bag and its contents during the incident.

King was previously acquitted of assaulting and raping a second 14-year-old girl, who was also intoxicated with alcohol, on January 4 in 2013 in Aberdeen, on a not proven verdict at his earlier trial.

The victim in the October attack said she had met up with a friend and they had bought vodka before going to a park to drink it.

She said it was not the first time she had done this and they would ask a passer-by to make the purchase.

She said she and her friend drank half the bottle each but they had an argument and the other girl left heading towards her home.

The teenager said she was on Great Northern Road when she came across a male who was "ginger". 

She said: "He was just standing there on his own."

She had asked him for a cigarette and made out she 16 in the hope he would give her one, but he said he did not have any.

The girl told the court: "I think I was very drunk because I would not normally walk up to some guy standing near a bar and ask him for a cigarette."

The victim said she thought it was obvious she was drunk and added: "I wasn't walking straight and I was like lisping, not talking the right way."

Defence counsel David Moggach said although the victim was 14 at the time she had accepted she passed herself off as being a 16-year-old.

He said: "This was not premeditated, this was not planned. It was a chance meeting."

The defence counsel said King, formerly of Nigg Kirk Road in Aberdeen, had a "troubled upbringing" and had been taken into local authority.

He said a background report prepared on had described him as well-mannered, co-operative and easy to deal with.

Inspector Lorna Ferguson, senior investigating officer on the case, added: "We welcome the conviction and sentence of Jamie King who despicably took advantage of a vulnerable young girl for his own pleasure.

"He has shown no regard or remorse for his actions and the impact they had on the victim. 

"I want to pay tribute to the victim who assisted us with our enquiry, resulting in Jamie King being quickly apprehended and brought to justice.

"We continue to encourage victims of sexual crimes to come forward and report to us and to have the confidence that we will take it seriously and thoroughly investigate."

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