Letham sex attacker given 18 month sentence

Newell was handed a CPO at Dundee Sheriff Court
Newell was handed a CPO at Dundee Sheriff Court

A Letham man has today (Monday) been jailed for 18 months after making crude comments to a baby and later sexually assaulting the baby’s mother.

James Du-Tracy made a pass at his victim hours before the attack when she offered him a beer in return for work he had carried out in her garden - but was rebuffed.

He left, but paused to make a crude comment to the woman’s five month old baby.

Du-Tracy went to a nearby pub while the woman fell asleep on her sofa with the child asleep in a pram beside her.

She awoke at 1.10am to the sound of her child crying - then realised Du-Tracy had sneaked into her house and began a sex attack on her.

Du-Tracy was today told by a sheriff: “The fact you entered her house uninvited is a significant factor.”

Fiscal depute Vicki Bell gave Dundee Sheriff Court a detailed and graphic report of the attack.

Du-Tracy, 29, of Duncan Road, Letham, Angus, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of sexual assault committed on June 13 last year at an address in Letham.

Defence solicitor Ian Flynn said Du-Tracy had shown “extreme remorse” and had been the one who reported the incident to police.

He said: “He was very drunk - it was a total misconception on his part.

“He showed remorse immediately afterwards and went to the police and surrendered himself after realising what he had done.”

Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Du-Tracy for 18 months and placed him on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

He said: “A woman who is asleep is not giving consent - she can’t give consent.

“This lady had refused consent to any sort of sexual contact earlier that day.”