A man jailed for 15 years after being convicted of an “unspeakably wicked” catalogue of sex offences against children, including rape, has launched a bid to slash his sentence.

Eric Rafferty, 70, has lodged an appeal against his 15-year jail term.

A spokesman for the Scottish Court and Tribunal Service confirmed the case will call at the appeal court in Edinburgh next week.

Rafferty was found guilty after a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen earlier this year – and was later handed the jail term by Judge Lord Uist.

He denied the allegations against him, but was convicted of two charges of rape which involved him assaulting two girls over a number of years.

The offences, which began in the 1980s, took place over an eight-year period at addresses in the North-east and involved four young girls.

Rafferty was also convicted of a charge of attempting to rape one of the girls on various occasions over more than five years, as well as four charges of using lewd libidinous and indecent practices.

Rafferty was originally reported by one of his victims in the 1990s, but it was more than two decades before he faced justice.

On sentencing Lord Uist told Rafferty: “These offences consisted of calculated, systematic and depraved sexual abuse of these children when the opportunity arose for you to engage in such conduct.

“These were unspeakably wicked crimes and your victims have all been deeply affected by what you did to them.”

And the judge told him that due to the “gravity” of the offences he would have to impose a “very long sentence”.

Meanwhile, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Scotland said on Rafferty’s sentencing he had carried out a “campaign of depraved and horrific abuse against children”.

The organisation also said: “This case sends out the message once again that child abuse will not be tolerated, no matter when the offences took place.”

Rafferty was also placed on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.



A child rapist was jailed for 15 years today after subjecting four girls to a “depraved” catalogue of horrifying abuse.

Eric Rafferty repeatedly raped two of his victims and tried to rape a third.

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Uist said:

“These are offences of the most appalling nature. These offences consisted of calculated, systematic and depraved sexual abuse of four children when the opportunity arose for you to engage in such conduct. One girl was the subject of repeated rapes between the ages of six and nine, a second was the subject of repeated rapes between the ages of seven and 10. All four girls were subjected to the most abhorrent sexual practices by you. These were unspeakably wicked crimes.”

Lord Uist pointed that a social worker who had interviewed the rapist was told by him that he loved one of the victims.

The judge said: “It has taken a long time for justice to catch up with you, but the day of reckoning has finally arrived.” The gravity of the crimes which you committed against these four children must be marked by a very long sentence indeed.”

He told the rapist that he would also be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Rafferty, 69, whose address was given in court as Fraser Court, Aberdeen, was earlier convicted of seven offences of rape, attempted rape and indecency against his victims committed between 1982 and 1990 at houses in Aberdeen.

Defence solicitor advocate Iain Paterson said Rafferty partially accepted responsibility for the sex crimes but denied the rape.

He said the former carer had no convictions prior to the offending or since it and had been assessed as posing a low or moderate risk of sexual re-offending.

He asked the judge to take account Rafferty’s age in sentencing and pointed out that he received medication for heart problems.

Mr Paterson said that if Rafferty survived prison he would come out “significantly older”.

He said that Rafferty accepted a custodial sentence was “absolutely inevitable” and will undertake a sex offender programme in prison.

But Lord Uist said: “The only reason that it is now he is being dealt with was because, as is fairly common in this type of case, a sufficient number of victims did not make their disclosures until many years later.”

Mr Paterson said there had been an investigation into Rafferty in 1993 but that did not result in a prosecution.

One of Rafferty’s victims told the Evening Express that “justice has finally been served.”

The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, said: “I can’t believe that now finally after all these years justice has finally been served, now I can get on with my life. It is such a weight that has been lifted, I can only thank Police Scotland and the investigation team for their help and their support.”

‘Wicked’ Aberdeen child rapist jailed for 15 years.




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