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Alloa teenager Nicholas Beedie sentenced over rape of boys

Nicholas Beedie
Image caption Nicholas Beedie admitted raping the two young boys when he appeared in court last month

A teenager who raped two boys in the grounds of a primary school has been ordered to be detained in a young offenders institution for three years.

Nicholas Beedie, 16, of Alloa, was 15 when he sexually assaulted the victims at a house and the school in Clackmannanshire.

Judge Lord Bannatyne told him he noted his early guilty plea.

However, he said he would be failing in his public duty if he imposed any other sentence than custody.

Beedie admitted raping the boys - aged nine and seven - on two occasions between June and October last year, when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.

Sentence was deferred at the time in order for the court to obtain reports about Beedie's character.

'Quite immature'

Defence advocate Lorenzo Alonzi said his client had told the social worker who wrote the report that he was sorry for the attacks.

Urging Lord Bannatyne to impose a non-custodial sentence he added: "He has expressed remorse for his conduct.

"He is a person who presents himself as being quite immature for his age."

Lord Bannatyne said the sentence reflected the fact that Beedie pleaded guilty to the offences at the earliest opportunity.

He added: "I have listened to everything that has been said on your behalf.

"I also note that you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and saved your victims the ordeal of having to give evidence in court.

"However, I also note the concerns in the report about the danger you pose to public safety and in particular the danger you pose to children.

"With this in mind, I would be entirely failing in my public duty if I were to impose a sentence other than custody."

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