DJ jailed after sex attack on two vulnerable people

A disc jockey was jailed for five years yesterday after being convicted of subjecting a vulnerable man and woman, who both have Down's syndrome, to sex attacks.

Edinburgh High Court.
Edinburgh High Court.

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.

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 at an address in Morayshire in August 2014.

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.

The court heard that 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.

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.

The jury was 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.”

Sinclair had been living in Elgin, in Morayshire, at the time of the offences but moved to Arbroath, in Angus.

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