Kilsyth man jailed for sex attack

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A Kilsyth man convicted of a sex attack on a woman following a three day trial, has been jailed for 15 months

Airdrie Sheriff Court heard how John Milligan, 55, of Kingston Road sexually assaulted the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on February 20, 2014.

The attack happened at Milligan’s home.

The jury of ten women and five men, were told how he attempted to kiss her and then seized hold of her body and put his hand underneath her clothing.

He touched her private parts and put his legs over her legs to prevent her from moving.

Prosecutor Julie O’Hara told how he “struggled” with her and sexually attacked her, violating her private parts. The jury took only just over one hour to return a majority guilty verdict.

Defence lawyer Mark Fallon said: “He continues to deny the offence, but accepts the jury’s verdict as he must.”

Sheriff Frank Pieri, jailing Milligan, told him: “I have considered all the reports and risk assessment prepared on you and everything that has been said on your behalf.

“However, this was a terrible assault on this woman. and the court must mark this court of conduct. There is no alternative but to impose a custodial sentence.”

The sheriff backdated the sentence to February 9, when Milligan had his bail revoked and was remanded in custody. He has been put on the Sex offenders’ Register for 10 years.