Letham man faces jail for sex attack

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A Letham man who made crude comments to a woman’s five-month-old baby - then sneaked into her house in the middle of the night to sexually assault her as she slept - was today facing a lengthy jail term.

James Du-Tracy made a pass at his victim hours before the attack when she offered him a beer in return for work he had carried out in her garden - but was rebuffed.

He walked out of her house - pausing only to make a crude comment to the child.

Du-Tracy went to a nearby pub while the woman fell asleep on her sofa with the child asleep in his pram beside her.

She awoke at 1.10am to the sound of her child crying - then realised Du-Tracy had sneaked into her house and began a sex attack on her.

Fiscal depute Vicki Bell, giving a detailed narrative to Dundee Sheriff Court, added: “She pushed him off and he fell on to the floor.”

Ms Bell told the court that the baby was crying and the victim went to comfort him.

She said of the accused: “He tried to apologise but she asked him to leave.

“He kept saying ‘accept my apology - I know how serious this is’.

“She pushed him out the front door and burst into tears.

“She didn’t contact police as she didn’t think they’d believe her.

“A few days later he contacted her by private message on Facebook and asked to meet and discuss what had happened.

“He said he was going to hand himself into police and did that a week later.

“He admitted going to her house and entering without permission before lifting her top and unclipping her bra.”

Du-Tracy, 29, of Duncan Road, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of sexual assault committed on June 13 last year at an address in Angus.

Defence solicitor Ian Flynn said Du-Tracy had shown “extreme remorse” since the offence occurred.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and remanded Du-Tracy in custody meantime.

He said: “This was a gross breach of the sexual autonomy of the complainer.

“His actions in going in uninvited to commit a serious offence makes this such a serious matter that prison is virtually inevitable.”

Du-Tracy was placed on the sex offenders’ register ahead of sentencing.