Glasgow & West Scotland

Teenager who raped 14-year-old 'showed lack of empathy'

A teenager who raped a 14-year-old girl at a house in Glasgow has been sentenced to five years in a young offenders institution.

John McDermott, 18, attacked the girl in in Knightswood in November 2015.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard she had drunk large amounts of vodka and was unable to give her consent.

Judge Craig Scott said McDermott displayed an "abject lack of empathy" for his victim.

The 18-year-old was convicted of rape following an earlier trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Sentence had been adjourned for the judge to obtain reports about McDermott's character.

On Friday, defence advocate Tony Graham told judge Scott that his client had suffered bereavement in his life.

Mr Graham added: "He has lost both his father and his sister."

Passing sentence, judge Scott told McDermott: "You did not take into account the psychological and emotional impact that your actions would have on your victim.

"You have showed an abject lack of empathy towards the complainer in this case. You may, in the fullness of time, come to appreciate the consequence that your actions have had on the young woman in this case.

"However, an offence of this nature can only be marked by the imposition of a custodial sentence."

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