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12 years for sex attack on schoolgirl

A sex attacker who was caught trying to rape a schoolgirl in Hamilton was today jailed for 12 years. Mark Lavery threatened to smash a Buckfast bottle into the schoolgirl’s face and make her eat the broken glass.

Two boys and a girl, all aged 13, saw Lavery trying to have sex with his victim and called the police. When officers arrived Lavery was still trying to rape the girl. She was so terrified she couldn’t speak and could only mouth the word help to the officers.

The judge at the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Hardie, told Mark Lavery he was a risk to society. Lord Hardie heard that the young victim had planned to stay on in school until sixth year.

However, after Lavery’s terrifying sex attack on her, she left – because she could not cope with everyone knowing what had happened to her.

• Full story at the Evening Times, Glasgow.

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