Man drugged lemonade before raping 12-year-old girl

Alexander Keenan preyed on the child and then tried to get a teenage boy to help him cover up the crime.

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A man who drugged and raped a 12-year-old girl before claiming she attacked him has been jailed for nine years.

Alexander Keenan preyed on the child after giving her lemonade laced with street valium at a house in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

The 40-year-old then got a teenage boy to try and help him cover up the crime, which happened in May 2018.

This included Keenan setting up a “role play” by posing as a lawyer to get the teen used to what questions he might face.

Keenan was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday having earlier been convicted of rape.

Judge Alistair Watson told him the offence had been “planned” and that Keenan had acted in a “clandestine” way.

He added: “One could not fail to have been moved by the victim’s evidence in this case.

“You have to take responsibility for that at some point in your life.

“You have shown no remorse whatsoever for this appalling conduct and demonstrate no insight to the harm caused.”

The court heard how he attacked the girl before leaving to have a cup of tea and a cigarette.

However, he claimed to jurors he had been asleep in the house when he awoke to find the girl molesting him.

Keenan went on: “I was worse than shocked. I was completely and utterly devastated. I was in my own personal hell.”

He said he only learned of the accusations against him via someone else.

Prosecutor Greg Farrell quizzed Keenan on the drug Etizolam later being found in his young victim’s system.

The rapist, of Alloa, said he had “no idea” how that happened.

But, Mr Farrell went on: “You know exactly how – you put it in lemonade.”

Keenan responded: “That’s not true.”

Keenan also alleged the teenage boy had “volunteered” to support his claims. However, jurors heard it was Keenan who tried to get the youngster to lie.

Krista Johnston, defending, said Keenan’s “attitude” to the crime “remains as it was at trial”.

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