LONDON: A relative of Queen Elizabeth II was on Tuesday sentenced to a 10-month jail time period for sexually assaulting a lady at his ancestral dwelling 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 method into the sleeping lady’s room throughout an occasion he was internet hosting at Glamis Fortress. The 34-year-old was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Courtroom after he had pleaded responsible. In response to the BBC, sheriff Alastair Carmichael informed Bowes-Lyon in courtroom that he had repeatedly ignored his sufferer’s pleas through the assault.
“Even now – one 12 months on – she nonetheless, sometimes, has nightmares and feels panicked due to being sexually assaulted by you. This has additionally had an influence on her emotional wellbeing,” stated Sheriff Carmichael.
Final month, Bowes-Lyon apologised for his actions after getting into his responsible plea, saying he felt “tremendously ashamed” for inflicting “such misery to a visitor in my dwelling”.
He stated he had “drunk to extra” on the night time of the assault, though he famous that this was “no excuse” for what transpired.
“I didn’t suppose I used to be able to behaving the way in which I did however have needed to resist it and take accountability,” he stated outdoors the courtroom.
“During the last 12 months this has concerned in search of 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 might additionally wish to apologise to household, buddies and colleagues for the misery I’ve induced them,” he stated.
Beforehand, Dundee Sheriff Courtroom heard that the lady fled the fortress the morning after the assault on February 13 final 12 months and flew dwelling 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 Fortress 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.