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Elgin rapist Joshua Latham jailed for five years

Joshua Latham
Image caption Joshua Latham was jailed for five years and three months

A man who raped a woman in her Moray home, while her young daughter was in the house, has been jailed for five years and three months.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Joshua Latham was 19 when he attacked the 42-year-old woman in Elgin in May.

Defence counsel David Moggach said sawmill worker Latham, now 20, was "horrified" by his actions which were out of character.

He said Latham had been drinking before the attack.

Latham went into the woman's home, refused to leave and raped her.

The court heard Latham told his girlfriend he had been a "bad boy".

Judge Lord Matthews heard that the woman had been afraid for herself and her young daughter.

The judge said: "Her child was in the house and you raped her.

"People are entitled to feel safe in their homes and this lady certainly does not now."

Victim commended

Latham was placed on the sex offenders register for life, and will also be supervised the three years after his release.

Grampian Police Det Insp Cammy Preston said: "This was a despicable attack on a woman in her own home, made worse - if that could be possible - by the fact her child was also within the house.

"Being under the influence of alcohol is no excuse for anyone committing such a serious crime which will continue to have a profound affect on this woman for some time.

"Thankfully incidents such as this in the Moray area, indeed Grampian, are rare and I commend the woman for coming forward and allowing us to bring Latham to justice."

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