Letham man jailed for nighttime sex attack

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An Angus man who made crude comments to a woman’s five-month-old baby - then snuck into her house in the middle of the night to sexually assault her has today (Wednesday) been jailed.

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 then walked out of her house pausing only to make a crude comment to the victim’s baby, before heading to a nearby pub while the woman fell asleep on her sofa with her child 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 described the attack to Dundee Sheriff Court and how Du-Tracy’s victim had pushed him away before asking him to leave. The accused had later contacted the victim via Facebook to discuss the incident and offered to hand himself into police which he later did.

Du-Tracy, 29, of Duncan Road, Letham, 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.

He said: “He has done so since the moment it 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.