Young Law father is jailed on indecency charges

Lanark Sheriff Court
Lanark Sheriff Court

A young father convicted of indecency charges after flashing at females was jailed for a year at Lanark Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Sheriff Robert Weir imposed an extended sentence, meaning that Ryan Hill will be on licence for three years after his release from prison.

Hill, 23, of Law, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.

He was convicted of eight charges by a jury, but the court on Tuesday heard that he did not accept his guilt.

Background reports also found him to be at risk of reoffending.

“In view of the nature of the crimes of which you were convicted, and the assessment of risk, a custodial sentence is the only appropriate disposal,” Sheriff Weir told him.

“I am also concerned to ensure that the public is adequately protected when you are released. For that reason, I am going to pass an extended sentence.”

He warned Hill that his licence could be revoked at any time.

At his trial in June, the jury found him guilty of eight charges of indecency, including flashing at women in Carluke, dating back to 2014.

The victims, some just schoolgirls at the time, told of being confronted by a man in Wilton Road, Benty’s Lane, High Street and Rankin Street, plus locations in Wishaw and Strathaven.

He was traced after an incident in November, in a lane near Gillbank Avenue, Carluke. CCTV footage showed a man running in Clyde Street and further images from a garage showed Hill in similar clothing driving a Honda Accord.

When he was later stopped by officers, Hill called to a passenger in his car: “I’m getting lifted for flashing.”

Giving evidence himself, he denied committing any of the offences, saying that it was not in his nature, and denied a suggestion by the depute fiscal that he had been “on the prowl”, knowing the quiet streets and quiet times, and looking for women to flash at.

Sentence had been deferred until Tuesday for background and psychiatric reports.

The court heard he had accepted the offences would have had an impact on the witnesses, but he had told the person drawing up the report that they were “not in his personality”, adding: “These offences make me sick.”

The court heard that there was a “certain stigma” to the convictions and Hill was finding it difficult being a young father in the close-knit community of Law.