Rapist, formerly of Dornoch, appears at Tain Sheriff Court
February 20th 2017
A MAN who raped a 12 year-old girl and is not due for release from prison until 2022 was back in court at Tain today.
Alexander Mitchell had earlier this month admitted luring a 12 year-old girl into his bed while on bail accused of having sex with two 13 year-old girls.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that Mitchell (now aged 23) and formerly of Dornoch contacted his latest victim through social media and encouraged her to enter his house through a window.
In 2014 Mitchell was jailed for 12 months for having sex with two 13 year-olds.
He returned to court in Glasgow for the rape of the 12 year-old which happened when he was facing the allegations of sex with the 13 year-olds.
On February 10 at the High Court judge Lord Boyd told Mitchell: “You asked a 12 year-old girl to climb in your bedroom window and took advantage of her and raped her.
“At the time you were on bail for having sex with two 13 year-old girls. You have an obvious interest in under-age girls.”
He pleaded guilty to the rape of the 12 year-old and Lord Boyd, jailing him for six years, said it would have been nine years but for his guilty plea.
At Tain Sheriff Court on Monday Mitchell, whose address in court papers was Oakes Court, Invergordon had a community payback order revoked by Sheriff Chris Dickson because he will be unable to complete it.
The community payback order was imposed when he admitted between August 16 and August 31, 2015 failing to advise police officers at Alness Police Station of a change of address when he was subject to conditions of the Sex Offenders’ Register.
His solicitor Aileen Macinnes said the earliest release date Mitchell could expect was in 2022.
Sheriff Dickson imposed a six month jail term beginning on Monday.
Man raped 12-year-old while on bail accused of having sex with two young girls.
Alexander Mitchell has been jailed for six years over the offence Credit: Police Scotland.
A man raped a 12-year-old girl while on bail accused of having sex with two young girls.
Alexander Mitchell, 23, has been jailed for six years after luring the youngster into his bed and raping her.
He was on bail accused of having sex with two 13-year-olds at the time.
Mitchell, of Dornoch, in the Highlands, made contact with his young victim through social media and then met her and encouraged her to climb into the house through a window.
This was despite the fact he had been granted bail after a sheriff court appearance with a condition that he would not be in the company of girls aged under 16.
Police were alerted that a young girl had climbed through a window and when Mitchell answered the door he appeared to be nervous.
Advocate depute Ian Wallace said that Mitchell was pale, sweaty and fidgety but insisted that there was no one else in the house.
They spotted the girl lying in a bedroom but at the time she said they had just been talking and smoking cigarettes.
Then in March last year, the girl finally revealed what had happened with Mitchell and said she had not told the truth about the incident in 2014 “as she was scared of getting into trouble”, the court heard.
Mitchell admitted raping the girl when she was 12-years-old in June 2014 at a house near Invergordon, Ross-shire. He has a number of previous convictions for sexual offences.
Police noticed that Mitchell appeared nervous when he answered the door leading them to investigate further
In court, his defence counsel Lorraine Glancy handed Lord Boyd a letter in which he expressed his remorse for raping the girl.
Ms Glancy said: “Since the incident he has had no further contact with his victim. He is now a 23-year-old man and he knows what he did was wrong.”
She said that at the time of the rape Mitchell was 20 and after the death of a friend he had taken to misusing alcohol and drugs. Mitchell showed no emotion as he was led away to begin his sentence.
Lord Boyd said that he would have jailed Mitchell for nine years, but for his guilty plea.
He also ordered Mitchell to be monitored in the community for two years after his release from jail. Mitchell was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.