Rapist attacked girl at her 14th birthday party he attended with wife

High Court: Craig Jamieson appeared in Glasgow court.
Court: Hatch was jailed for six years for raping the teenage girl.© STV

A rapist attacked a teenage girl at her 14th birthday party that he attended with his pregnant wife.

Stuart Hatch raped the girl while he was at her birthday after making lewd comments towards other girls at the celebration in Renfrewshire.

The High Court in Glasgow heard on Tuesday that the victim pretended to be asleep during the attack by the 28-year-old at a house in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Hatch claimed he had been "cuddling" with the girl when he was detained by police initially, before pleading guilty to the rape and to making sexual remarks to young girls at the party.

Lord Bannatyne jailed the rapist for six years. The court heard that the party took place last September, just days before the victim was due to turn 14.

Prosecutor Shirley McKenna said Hatch was heard directing "sexual remarks" towards young female guests, which left them feeling "uncomfortable". One described Hatch as "getting creepier and creepier". Some of the girls decided to leave due to his behaviour.

The victim was later in a bedroom at the house when she became aware of Hatch lying behind her. He began touching her inappropriately before eventually raping the youngster. Ms McKenna told the court: "She was scared, but pretended to be asleep."

After the attack, the girl fled the house and went to a friend's home where she was found to be "crying hysterically". She said she had been raped and the police were contacted.

Defence counsel Louise Arrol said: "The only thing he could do to demonstrate his remorse was by admitting his guilt. He is aware of the impact the offence has had on this girl and will continue to have. He had been in full-time employment and ultimately became a manager, but this caused him stress and he was consuming more alcohol."

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