Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
A MAN has been jailed for a series of sex attacks on five women including one where a child was abducted and raped in a van at knifepoint.

Lord Joseph Lowther, 42, was given a 12 year term by judge Lord Sandison on Friday for the offences which took place over 20 years.


Lowther’s crimes spanned over a 20 year period beginning in 2000[/caption]

The High Court in Edinburgh heard one his victims say she was just 12 when Lowther preyed on between August 18 2000 and September 11 2000.

The woman, who is now aged 34, told the court that Lowther pushed her into his van at a location in Fife

He then seized her by the legs and covered her mouth with his hand.

Lowther repeatedly threatened to kill the female, before pinning her down and raping her.

He also struck a knife on the floor beside her head as he raped her.

Describing the sickening attack, the woman wept as she told prosecution lawyer John Keenan: “I lay there scared.

“I was in a lot of pain at the time.

“He said to me ‘get your s**t together and get out.

“He said if I told anyone he would kill me.”

Lowther, of Burntisland, Fife, was convicted on charges of rape and sexual assault following a trial earlier this year.

On Friday, judge Lord Sandison heard that Lowther continued to maintain he was innocent of all charges.

Lord Sandison told Lowther that he’d have to spend time in jail for his crimes.

Passing sentence, Lord Sandison said: “You continue to show no insight into the enormity of your actions.

“There’s nothing to be gained from continuing to lecture you on your moral depravity.

“The sentence of the court will be one of 12 years.”

At earlier proceedings, the court heard how Lowther’s youngest victim was aged just 10-years-old.

During proceedings, the woman raped by Lowther in his van told jurors of an incident sometime between May 1 2006 and April 2008 in which she was sexually assaulted for a second time.

She told Mr Keenan that Lowther approached her at another location in Fife, and sexually assaulted her for a second time.

The woman told jurors that he touched her vagina over her clothing.

She added: “He grabbed me by the vagina and said ‘I can have this anytime I want.’”

The woman told the court that she was concerned for her safety and didn’t tell anybody what had happened.

She added: “I didn’t feel strong enough to speak out.”

Police eventually learned about Lowther’s activities and launched an investigation which succeeded in securing enough evidence to bring him to justice.

Officers discovered that Lowther had raped another woman at a caravan site in Moray sometime between May 2009 and December 2010.

He also repeatedly raped the female at other locations in Scotland between January 2013 and December 31 2016.

Between June 1 2016 and September 3 2016, Lowther raped another woman at a location close to Cowdenbeath whilst she was sleeping and intoxicated and unable to provide consent.

Lowther raped another woman on November 7 2017 at a house in Fife.

He also repeatedly raped a little girl on various occasions between January 1 2018 and January 18 2021 at locations also in Fife. 

The child was aged just nine-years-old when the abuse began.

Defence advocate Dale Hughes told the court that his client was a member of the travelling community.

On Friday, Mr Hughes told Lord Sandison that his client had been taken out of school aged nine to help out with his family’s business.

The defence advocate also said that Lowther had been on remand since January 2021 and had experienced health problems.

Mr Hughes added: “He has had some mental health difficulties. 

“He has had anxiety disorder and has required some medication for that.

“He has also been on remand since January 2021 and whilst on remand he contracted the Delta variant of Covid 19 which required hospitalisation which was not a pleasant experience.”

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As well as imposing the jail sentence, Lord Sandison also ordered Lowther to be supervised by the authorities for three years following his release from custody.

Lowther was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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