North-east man, 44, jailed for sex assaults on two women​


A man has been jailed for three years after sexually assaulting two women.

Bruce Lawson touched one victim and forced another to touch him over his clothing.

A judge at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday told Lawson, 44, that he had been “abusive” to the adult victims.

Lord Beckett said Lawson had “a long record of previous convictions” including many for violence and disorder.

The judge acknowledged that Lawson was acquitted of the most serious charge he had faced – one of rape – at an earlier trial.

But Lord Beckett added that two of the three sexual assault charges he was found guilty of were of “some gravity”.

During one attack, on December 5 last year, he grabbed a victim by the face and kissed her, touched her breasts and privates, pinned her against a wall unit and tried to bite her neck.

In a second assault on the same day, he seized the hand of a second woman and placed it on his privates, grabbed her face and kissed her.

Lawson also shouted and swore and failed to leave the house in Aberdeen where the assaults took place after he was asked to do so and threatened violence towards the victims.

During a previous incident on September 9 2016, he threatened to damage a TV at the house and spat on a carpet.

Lord Beckett ordered that Lawson should be kept under supervision for a further three-year period in addition to the jail sentence.

Lawson, a prisoner at HMP Grampian, had earlier denied a string of charges at a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen but was found guilty of three sexual assaults and two offences of behaving in a threatening or abusive way.

Defence solicitor advocate Iain Paterson said Lawson recognised the connection between his drinking and his offending behaviour.

He said: “He is keen to try to …read more

Source:: Evening Express – All articles

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