Glasgow & West Scotland

Thomas McLaughlin, 18, jailed over Airdrie rape attempt

A teenager who tried to rape a 16-year-old girl he had met at a nightclub has been jailed for two years.

Thomas McLaughlin admitted attempting to rape his victim at a grassy area in Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, on 11 September.

The 18-year-old, from Airdrie, will be monitored for two years on release and was placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the attack had left the girl "withdrawn".

The court heard how the girl had been crying and screaming at McLaughlin to stop during the incident.

Victim bruised

The pair had been kissing consensually earlier in the evening, but the girl did not want to have sex.

The victim was later examined by a doctor and was found to be bruised and bleeding.

The court was told she has been unable to work or attend college following the attack.

McLaughlin was questioned by police and claimed he had been drunk and could not remember anything.

He was originally charged with raping the girl, but his plea to the reduced charge of attempted rape was accepted by the Crown.

Judge Lord Glennie told McLaughlin that there was "no alternative" to a prison term - but said a lengthy sentence was "unlikely to be of benefit" to him "or to society".

The judge went on: "You will live forever under the stigma of having a High Court conviction for attempted rape... and your prospects of continuing your education have been blighted.

"Rather than impose a lengthy custodial sentence, it is better in my view to impose what is called an extended sentence.

"I am satisfied this is necessary for the protection of the public. It will give you the opportunity after release of engaging with professionals in exploring your offending behaviour."

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