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Woman's torment over party sex assault shared on Snapchat

Jordan Binnie assaulted Tracie Aldridge with sweeping brush while Fraser Anderson recorded it.

Guilty: Jordan Binnie, left, and Fraser Anderson sentenced at Falkirk Sheriff Court.
Guilty: Jordan Binnie, left, and Fraser Anderson sentenced at Falkirk Sheriff Court. Central Scotland News Agency

A young woman has spoken of her torment after she was subjected to a sex assault that was shared on Snapchat.

Tracie Aldridge, 21, has revealed her outrage after one of the men behind the incident was given a community payback order and the other a year in prison.

Ms Aldridge, then 19, slept through the sex attack by Jordan Binnie but woke the next day to find footage of the assault had been sent to her friends on the social media app on June 27, 2015.

Binnie, 22, and accomplice Fraser Anderson, 22, were at a party with the victim in Raploch, Stirling, when everyone left and Ms Aldridge fell asleep on a couch.

Anderson moved some of her clothing while Binnie assaulted her with a sweeping brush.

Ms Aldridge, who has waived her right to anonymity, said she felt "betrayed by the system".

She said: "I've been through two years of hell.  At the start the police told us it would go to the High Court and Binnie would be charged with rape with an object.

"They ruined my life. I've had two years of torment and my life's never been the same since it happened."

Tracie Aldrige: Sex assault victim speaks out over attacker's sentence.
Tracie Aldrige: Sex assault victim speaks out over attacker's sentence. Central Scotland News Agency

Sarah Lumsden, prosecuting, told Falkirk Sheriff Court: "For an unknown reason Mr Binnie took a sweeping brush that was in the flat and approached her with it."

She added: "The complainer throughout this didn't wake up but the next morning she received a telephone call from a friend advising her that a social media message had been sent to some of her friends which included a video depicting this incident taking place.

"She had no memory of this. She didn't know this had happened. This was how this came to light. She was, understandably, extremely distressed and humiliated, and the police were contacted."

Binnie, from Stirling, pleaded guilty to sexual assault while Anderson admitted committing a breach of the peace by uploading mobile phone footage of the assault to Snapchat.

Both men then appeared together on Thursday last week to be sentenced.

Binnie was jailed for 12 months and placed on the sex offenders register for ten years. Anderson was ordered to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work.

Virgil Crawford, defending, told the court Anderson had been "a drunk man filming all night at a party" and uploading to Snapchat what was going on.

Mr Crawford claimed the video should have self-deleted in seconds but someone else had saved and circulated it.

He added: "It is quite clear that very shortly after this incident Mr Anderson realised he had done wrong but at the time he thought it was humorous and funny."

Solicitor Frazer McCready, for Binnie, said: "This was a couple of daft boys, while intoxicated, doing something which they may have perceived to be funny at the time but in the sober light of day it's a serious offence."

Sheriff John Mundy told them: "I regard this as a despicable act on the part of both of you."

Anderson was not placed on the sex offenders register because he pleaded guilty only to a breach of the peace.

Ms Aldridge said: "Fraser Anderson could have stopped it but instead he live-streamed it to Snapchat. Everybody who knows me in this area saw it.

"I'm waiving my anonymity because I'm so angry with the light sentences they got but Fraser took my anonymity the minute he uploaded it to social media and he got community service. 

"It's absolutely ridiculous. I just think it's a joke. I had to give up my job as a school cleaner because of the stress of it. I've been betrayed by the system. shoplifters get heavier sentences than they got."

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