LONDON: A relative of Queen Elizabeth II was on Tuesday sentenced to a 10-month jail time period for sexually assaulting a girl at his ancestral house in Angus, Scotland.
Earl of Strathmore Simon Bowes-Lyon, who’s the son of a cousin of the 94-year-old British monarch, was discovered to have compelled his means into the sleeping lady’s room throughout an occasion he was internet hosting at Glamis Fort. The 34-year-old was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court docket after he had pleaded responsible. In line with the BBC, sheriff Alastair Carmichael advised Bowes-Lyon in court docket that he had repeatedly ignored his sufferer’s pleas through the assault.
“Even now – one yr on – she nonetheless, sometimes, has nightmares and feels panicked due to being sexually assaulted by you. This has additionally had an impression on her emotional wellbeing,” stated Sheriff Carmichael.
Final month, Bowes-Lyon apologised for his actions after coming into his responsible plea, saying he felt “vastly ashamed” for inflicting “such misery to a visitor in my house”.
He stated he had “drunk to extra” on the evening of the assault, though he famous that this was “no excuse” for what transpired.
“I didn’t assume I used to be able to behaving the way in which I did however have needed to withstand it and take duty,” he stated exterior the court docket.
“Over the past yr this has concerned searching for and receiving skilled assist in addition to agreeing to plead responsible as rapidly as doable. My apologies go, above all, to the lady involved however I’d additionally wish to apologise to household, associates and colleagues for the misery I’ve induced them,” he stated.
Beforehand, Dundee Sheriff Court docket heard that the lady fled the fort the morning after the assault on February 13 final yr and flew house to report the matter to police, following which Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police had been concerned within the investigation. Earl’s defence counsel John Scott stated his consumer had proven “real regret”.
Glamis Fort is the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who’re each a part of the household of the Queen Mom – the late mom of Queen Elizabeth II.