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Pair raped teenager in Highland flat after meeting on dating website

The High Court in Edinburgh
The High Court in Edinburgh

A man who met a teenager through a dating website before raping her with a sex offender accomplice has been put on the sex offenders’ register.

Alexander Stewart, 20, had linked up with the girl online before he and Christopher Drummond subjected her to a horrific ordeal.

The pair attacked the 19-year-old at Stewart’s flat in Invergordon on October 18 last year.

They restrained her in a bedroom and both raped her.

The victim was then grabbed and pulled from the bedroom and raped again by Stewart.

A woman who saw the teenager following the assault and rapes committed on her said she was “crying hysterically”.

Drummond, 23, a prisoner, and Stewart had denied assaulting and raping her during a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh. They were both found guilty of a charge of assaulting her and two charges of raping her.

Following the verdicts a court officer passed tissues to the pair to allow them to dab their eyes.

A woman told the court that on the night of the attack she had gone to Stewart’s flat with her children and the victim. She said when they arrived they found someone else there called Christopher Drummond.

She said Drummond and Stewart were drinking and thought it might have been Buckfast tonic wine they were consuming. “At that point they seemed OK to me,” she added.

The woman told advocate depute Keith Stewart QC that everybody left the flat to walk her and her children home, then the two men and the teenager went back to the property.

She later received a phone call from the teenage girl. The teenager told her where she was and she went to meet her. The woman said: “She was on her own. She was shaking and crying and she was pale.”

The woman asked her what had happened and called the police. She said the victim was crying hysterically but eventually she was able to calm her down.

Following the pair’s convictions Mr Stewart told the court that Drummond had a more extensive criminal record than his co-accused Stewart. He has previously been placed on the sex offenders’ register and also has convictions for violence.

The judge, Lady Carmichael, called for background reports on them ahead of sentencing. Stewart, who had been on bail, was remanded with Drummond. They were both put on the sex offenders’ register.

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