In the second part of our special series looking at the impact of child poverty in Courier Country, Michael Alexander investigates the scale of the problem in Fife and visits Glenrothes where high child poverty levels are in stark contrast to the utopian vision of the ‘new town’ created 70 years ago.
A man accused of raping a teenager is on the run after he failed to appear in court on Monday.
Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Clinton Burke after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
It is believed Burke is facing three counts of rape over an incident where he allegedly targeted a 15-year-old girl at a train station in Moe.
Police allege he lured the teenager back to his home before he attacked her.
Police said his alleged victim was “distraught” after learning he was on the run.
“She [the victim] was simply at the railway station to catch a train to meet friends and she feels very upset and very scared by this attack,” Detective Senior Constable Martin Tullett told Channel Nine News.
Two judges of the High Court in Pretoria confirmed the conviction and sentence imposed on rapist Pelican Kubeka by a Witbank Magistrate in March 2015. Kubeka’s victim, a 62-year-old mother of seven children, met him at a hiking spot in Witbank in 2011.
The couple were chased away by taxi drivers. Kubeka suggested going to another hiking spot and told her they were taking a shortcut through a secluded bushy area, but then tried to trip her and told her he wanted sex.
When she told him she was old enough to be his grandmother, he raped her. His victim said she did not report the incident immediately as she was burying one of her grandchildren and was preparing to attend the funeral.
She was hiking again eight days later and accepted a lift from a couple who stopped to pick up a male hiker who turned out to be Kubeka. The victim
A rapist warned by a judge he may never be freed from prison is appealing his conviction.
Andrew Brown, 57, was jailed for four-and-a-half years at the High Court in Edinburgh in June after he was found guilty of raping two women and sexually assaulting another.
His attacks were carried out at addresses in Dundee and Edinburgh between 2012 and 2016.
Lawyers acting for Brown — who is classed as a “high-risk” offender — are now preparing to appeal his sentence and conviction at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh, with a procedural hearing scheduled for next week.
As well as jailing him, judge Lord Armstrong also imposed a lifelong restriction on Brown in June.
The order means that Brown will be released only if prison bosses are satisfied he no longer poses a danger to public safety.
Lord Armstrong warned Brown the order constituted a sentence of imprisonment for an indeterminate period.
A rapist who tried to pervert the course of justice with threatening text messages has had his sentence quashed after his case was heard before the Court of Appeal.
However, he will still spend nearly 10 years behind bars.
In a judgment released today from an August 1 hearing, Justices Mark Cooper, Timothy Brewer and Mary Peters allowed the man’s appeal, quashed his sentence for rape, and imposed a new length of imprisonment.
The man, whose identity is suppressed, was jailed for 10 years and two months after being found guilty of 12 charges for the violent rape of the mother of his child in June 2015.
He was visiting the woman to celebrate their son’s birthday before an argument ensued, the decision reads.
During the scuffle the man picked up a 30cm long stainless steel knife
The Bountiful mother who delivered her 13-year-old daughter into the hands of a polygamist rapist is now out of jail, pending her appeal.
Emily Ruth Gail Blackmore is back in the fundamentalist Mormon community in southeastern B.C. and will be allowed to stay there until the B.C. Court of Appeal hears her application next June.
In mid-August, the 60-year-old Blackmore was sentenced to seven months in jail, 18 months’ probation and 120 hours of community service in nearby Creston following her conviction on a charge of removing a child from Canada for an unlawful purpose.
Her estranged husband, Brandon James Blackmore, was also convicted and sentenced to a year in jail followed by 18 months’ probation. Both parents were to provide DNA samples and be registered as sex offenders for 10 years.
Gail Blackmore’s appeal, filed Sept. 11, seeks to either have her conviction overturned or to have her sentence replaced with a conditional