British aristocrat sentenced to 10 months in jail for sexual assault at his citadel

British aristocrat sentenced to 10 months in prison for sexual assault at his castle



Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, had pleaded responsible at a earlier listening to to sexually assaulting the lady throughout an occasion being held at Glamis Castle in February 2020.

The 34-year-old is the Queen’s first cousin, twice eliminated, and a member of the Queen Mother’s Bowes-Lyon household.

He was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court in Scotland on Tuesday. Glamis Castle, the place he lives and the place the assault happened, was the Queen Mother’s childhood residence.

The court docket heard that the lady was attending a three-day public relations occasion on the citadel and had gone to mattress when a drunk Bowes-Lyon went to her room at ​round 1:20 a.m. He persuaded her to ​open the door, after which pushed her onto the mattress, assaulted her ​and refused to go away over the course of 20 minutes.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael laid out the main points of the assault in court docket, describing how Bowes-Lyon had grabbed the lady by her breast and genitals, pushed her towards a wall, tried to carry her nightdress and ​”repeatedly shut the bedroom door when she tried to open it​,” based on the court docket sentencing.

“Throughout all of this she made it clear that she wanted you to stop. She told you repeatedly that she had a boyfriend, repeatedly told you to leave and repeatedly had to keep pushing you away from her. All of which you ignored.

“Once she’d lastly managed to eject you from her bed room, you returned to the door and pleaded together with her to allow you to again in,” Carmichael said in his sentencing remarks.

“Even now — one yr on — she nonetheless, often, has nightmares and feels panicked due to being sexually assaulted by you,” he added.

Bowes-Lyon was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years. The judge said his castle would meet the criteria for house arrest, but concluded that such a sentence would not fit the severity of the crime.

In a statement sent to CNN by a spokesperson, Bowes-Lyon said: “I’m tremendously ashamed of my actions which have induced such misery to a visitor in my residence. When I realised what I had completed I apologised rapidly to the lady involved. I apologise wholeheartedly once more at present. I’m deeply sorry for my behaviour and the anguish it has induced.

“Clearly, I had drunk to excess on the night of the incident. As someone who is only too well aware of the damage that alcohol can cause, I should have known better. I recognise, in any event, that alcohol is no excuse for my behaviour,” he stated.

Under British regulation, victims of sexual assault are routinely assured anonymity.

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