​2017 Update of sex offender John Tunnicliffe, now free and living in Langlee, Galashiels.

A shocked daughter caught her father raping a teenage girl when she took him a cup of coffee in bed, a court heard. 

October 2007.

John Tunnicliffe, had grabbed the 14-year-old, who was visiting his Galashiels home, and pulled her into his bedroom.

 Advocate depute Alastair Carmichael, prosecuting, said: “He sat her on the bed, then pushed her backwards and pulled her trousers and pants to her ankles.

 “She felt she could not physically resist as the accused was much bigger than her.” 

Mr Carmichael said the daughter had made a cup of coffee and went to her father’s bedroom and saw what was happening. 

“The accused saw she was there and told her to leave the bedroom, which she did, shocked.”

 At the High Court in Edinburgh last Thursday, Tunnicliffe, who drives a refuse lorry for Scottish Borders Council, halted a planned trial by pleading guilty to rape at his home at Kilnknowe Place in April 2000. 

He also admitted earlier incidents of indecency involving the teenager. 

The court heard how, when she visited his house, he would find excuses to touch her. He would stand so that she would have to squeeze past him. He sent other children in the house on errands to the shop so that they would be alone together, said Mr Carmichael. 

Tunnicliffe then put his hands under the girl’s clothes and persuaded her to get into bed with him. 

The court heard that after the offences the 14-year-old moved away from Galashiels with her family. She was later contacted by police when another girl complained about Tunnicliffe. 

She told them he had offered to show her how to use a sex toy and had made other sexual remarks when he had seen her in the company of boys. 

Tunnicliffe further admitted a breach of the peace charge going back more than 10 years. The court heard that he had previous convictions for poaching. 

Defence QC Donald MacLeod said: “This man is a man who enjoys the great outdoors and coming to terms with the fact that he is going to be locked up for a long time is very difficult for him.” 

The lawyer described the offences as “disturbing and completely reprehensible”, but asked judge Lord Bracadale to bear in mind that he had no record for sex offences. 

The judge called for background reports and remanded Tunnicliffe in custody to await sentence in December. 

http://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/galashiels-rapist-caught-in-the-act-by-his-daughter-1-97252

December 2007

Sentence details… 

A man caught raping a teenage girl by his own daughter as she brought him a cup of coffee has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

John Tunnicliffe, 42, pulled the 14-year-old victim into his bedroom when she was visiting his Borders home.

His lawyer later claimed Tunnicliffe found it difficult to express remorse to his female social worker because he considers himself attractive to women.

Tunnicliffe had pleaded guilty to raping the girl at a previous hearing.

His daughter had made a cup of coffee and saw what was happening when she went to her father’s bedroom, the High Court in Edinburgh was told.

The refuse lorry driver had attacked his victim when she was in his home in Galashiels in April 2000.

 It is difficult to describe remorse to a woman social worker, particularly for a man like this who regards himself as attractive to women  

He also admitted earlier incidents of indecency involving the teenager when she was aged between 10 and 18.

The court heard how, when the victim visited his house, the accused would find excuses to touch her and would stand so that she would have to squeeze past him.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/7127273.stm

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