DJ who sexually assaulted man and women with Downs' Syndrome jailed

A disc jockey was jailed for five years today after he subjected a vulnerable man and woman, who both have Downs' Syndrome, to sex attacks.

Sinclair was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Sinclair was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scott Sinclair raped the male victim and molested the woman after turning up at the man’s home where he had been told there would be drink.

A judge rejected a defence plea to spare Sinclair a prison sentence and told him that custody was “inevitable”.

Lord Glennie said: “I cannot regard this as a case where you could have reasonably believed they were consenting to the sexual acts.”

Sinclair (41) who ran a DJ and karaoke business had taken part in events organised for people with learning difficulties.

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He earlier denied three sex charges during a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, but was convicted of inducing the woman, who was incapable of giving consent, to take part in sexual activity by getting her to take off her clothes and get into a bed.

He was found guilty of sexually assaulting the man, who was also incapable of giving consent, by kissing him, touching him and carrying out an oral rape on him.

Sinclair was also found guilty of sexually assaulting the woman by touching her private parts during the offending at an address in Morayshire in August 2014.

During a series of text messages with the man, who had his phone number stored under Djscot, Sinclair had asked him if he was having sex with the woman tonight.

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The man had replied that he was not allowed to have sex but Sinclair asked him who had said that and told him it was nothing to do with others.

He questioned the man on whether he had drink and what type of alcohol was in his home and was told there was whisky, wine and cider. Sinclair told the man he would be at his home.

The jury were shown footage of the 36-year-old man earlier giving evidence at a different court in which he said Sinclair had been drinking wine.

The man said Sinclair told him to do things but he did not want to do them. He said: “I didn’t want to do it but I did. He told me to do it.

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During his evidence he said: “He told me not to tell anybody.” He added: “Not acceptable what he did.”

He was asked what it was that Sinclair had done and replied: “Sexual assault.”

The man said Sinclair had asked the woman if she was ready “to do something”. He said he wanted him to have sex with her but added: “I didn’t want to do it. I was scared.”

“I was talking to her but I didn’t do anything to her,” he said. He said the woman was naked in the bed.

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The jury was also shown footage of the woman earlier being interviewed by a police officer while she held her mother’s hand. The 26-year-old said: “I didn’t like Scott very much.”

“Scott said to me to take my clothes off. I didn’t want to do that,” she said. She told the court that Sinclair said she and the man were ready for sex but she said she was not.

She said Sinclair had told the man to put his finger in her private parts but he did not do that.

There was a division in expert evidence led at the trial but forensic psychologist Dr Gary Macpherson said he was in absolutely no doubt that both victims were learning disabled and that neither was capable of giving informed consent to sexual behaviour.

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Sinclair had been living in Elgin, in Morayshire, at the time of the offences but moved to Arbroath, in Angus, where he acted as a carer for his father.

Defence counsel Gary Allan QC argued that it was an exceptional case which could be dealt with by the imposition of a community payback order.

Mr Allan said he invited the court to consider whether it may exceptionally be a case where a non-custodial disposal was appropriate.

He said: “I can’t remember ever saying that in any rape case in which I have previously been involved.”

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Sinclair was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.