A 13-year-old schoolgirl who was raped in a park has hit out as her attacker launched an appeal against his conviction – despite being spared a prison sentence.
The case of Sean Hogg, who was 17 at the time of his attack, sparked anger when he was deemed too young to be jailed despite being found guilty of attacking the teenager.
His victim, who is now 18, was diagnosed with PTSD, suffered from panic attacks and self-harmed on a daily basis following the attacks.
She even had CCTV was fitted in her home so she could see who was coming into her street and would not leave the house without one of her grandparents.
The girl, who is anonymous to protect her identity, has slammed the sex beast’s decision to appeal his conviction.
The case of Sean Hogg, pictured, who was 17 at the time of his attack, sparked anger when he was deemed too young to be jailed despite being found guilty of attacking the teenager
His victim, who is now 18, was diagnosed with PTSD, suffered from panic attacks and self-harmed on a daily basis following the attacks. Pictured: The girl alongside her grandparents
‘I’m wondering what was the point? I’m angry that he walked out of court a free man but still gets to appeal,’ she told the Daily Record.
‘He was convicted of raping me but didn’t go to jail and he’s still not happy.’
New sentencing guidelines for under 25s meant Sean Hogg was not sent to prison and instead given 270 hours of unpaid work.
Hogg attacked the young victim in Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian on a number of occasions in 2018.
The victim’s grandmother further criticised the Crown Office- Scotland’s insependant public prosecution service – fortheir handling of the case.
She claims that theyare not telling her granddaughter what her rights are and they are forced to find out from the media what is happening.
She added: ‘The judge got it wrong and something has to change but it won’t if people stop reporting. We can’t have young women like my granddaughter being raped and then receiving a life sentence, imprisoning her once more in her home, terrified to go out.’
The 21-year-old, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, has now instructed his legal team to challenge his conviction
A judge at the High Court in Glasgow (pictured) ordered Hogg, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, to undergo 270 hours of unpaid work, sparking outrage and calls to review sentencing guidelines.
The Crown Office have not yet decided whether to appeal Hogg’s sentence.
The 21-year-old, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, has now instructed his legal team to challenge his conviction.
His appeal bid was lodged at the High Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh and a hearing will take place at a later date.
Hogg was sentenced earlier this month at the High Court in Glasgow after being found guilty of rape.
Judge Lord Lake said he had to take Hogg’s age into account. As well as the community work, Hogg was placed under supervision and put on the sex offenders register.
His victim spoke out earlier this week about how the rape and the subsequent sentence has affected her.
In a statement, she said she said she has suffered from anxiety, nightmares and has had relationship problems.
She said: ‘The day my grandmother told me Sean Hogg had been found guilty of rape I thought there may be a chance of being happy again. I knew he was going to go to jail.
‘I felt glad I reported it as I felt he needed to pay for what he had done.
‘Why is it ok to rape anyone and not go to jail? Why was he allowed to get on with his life when he’s clearly ruined mine? Did the judge not bother reading the ordeal I had suffered?
‘Now it makes me think why did I even bother reporting the rape in the first place. Nothing happened.
‘My grandparents felt they had let me down but they didn’t. It was the judge that let me down.
‘I did not get justice, the system failed me, the judge failed me, he didn’t protect me. I had done nothing wrong and yet he is a free man. You let him go but gave me, the victim, a life sentence.’
The teenager’s family have urged the Crown Office to appeal the sentence imposed on Hogg on the grounds that it is ‘unduly lenient’.
First Minister Humza Yousaf has said he understands the concerns which have been expressed about the case, but stressed that sentencing was a matter for the judiciary.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service said: ‘We have received intimation of intention to appeal against conviction.’
A spokesperson for the Crown Office said: ‘The Crown is currently considering whether there are grounds for lodging an appeal against this sentence.’