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.”