Apparently It’s Okay To Rape A 12-Year-Old In Britain If She Looks 16
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If you ever find yourself accused of rape in the UK, you will want to have Lady Scott presiding over your case.
You see, having sex with a girl under the age of 16 is considered rape in the United Kingdom – purely because the law regards them legally incapable of consent.
But a student who has admitted to raping a 12-year-old has been allowed to walk free after Lady Scott – notorious for her lacklustre sentences – said it was “reasonable” to assume she was over 16.
After meeting the child in a taxi queue, Daniel Cieslak, 21, did not realise she was under 16 and burst into tears when he was arrested and police revealed her age, reports The Telegraph.
But then came Lady Scott to make everything better for him:
After hearing the facts of the case, Lady Scott told the High Court in Glasgow that “justice is best served” by taking the “wholly exceptional decision” to give Cieslak an absolute discharge – the most lenient sentence possible.
She said: “I do not consider there is any need for, or public interest in, punishment. To do so would in my view be disproportionate given the nature of the criminal culpability here.”
Lady Scott, who represented Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi in his Lockerbie bombing appeal before being made a judge in 2012, has attracted controversy in the past over her judgement in rape cases.
In 2012 she was criticised by MPs for telling Algerian refugee Hamadache Hamza, who subjected a woman to a weekend-long rape ordeal, that he deserved “credit” for overcoming his “very difficult background” and setting up a successful hairdressing business.
In July 2015, the then 19-year-old Cieslak met the girl and her friend, 13, in a taxi cue in Edinburgh in the early hours of the morning. After being told they were 16 and 17, he invited them back to a party.
Afterwards, the two had sex and the girl had left on good terms in the morning.
However, she later told her sister she was worried about being pregnant and her sister then reported it to the police.
Lady Scott, noting a number of “exceptional circumstances”, said that had girl, who was 12 years and seven months old at the time of the offence, been 13 Cieslak would have been able to argue that he believed she was old enough in his defence.
After watching the CCTV and hearing from the witnesses including the police who shared Cieslak’s views on her age Lady Scott said it would have been “reasonable” for him to believe she was over 16.
She said that it was a statutory offence to protect young girls but there was a “very wide scope” and there was no suggestion of any “predatory conduct” in this case.
Cieslak will not be put on the sex offenders register.
Oh dear, Lady Scott, what has happened to you in the past for you to act in such a way?
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