Police study CCTV in bid to catch Livingston sex attacker

A woman who was subjected to a horrific, early morning sex attack at a West Lothian house was only staying there because she was in the middle of moving home, detectives have revealed.

The 39-year-old victim was temporarily living with her brother-in-law and his young son in Livingston when the attacker sneaked into the luxury, detached home early on Saturday.

Detectives have also revealed that the attacker ordered the other occupants – a terrified man and his son – at knife point into a room before subjecting his victim to an hour-long ordeal.

The attacker tried to gain entry to at least three – and possibly four – homes nearby in the hour before eventually finding an insecure door or window at the attack address, police confirmed.

The incident, in Oakwood Park, Deans, Livingston, is causing so much concern that officers who specialise in tracking down sex offenders have been drafted into help.

The squad is also examining UK-wide records in a bid to establish whether the attacker has struck before. Continue reading

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Sheriff Banned For Two Years Over Drink Driving

by Peter Laing

A drink drive sheriff took to the wheel while over the limit because he was depressed over the traumatic death of his father.

Robert Anthony, 48, was banned from driving for two years and fined £650 pounds after he admitted drink driving on September 30 this year.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard that date would have been Anthony’s father’s birthday and that the sheriff had been suffering from depression that week because of the death of another friend.

BANNED: Former sheriff Robert Anthony

Anthony, a married father of three from West Lothian, had already resigned from his £123,000-a-year job.  The court allowed Anthony four weeks to pay because he has not worked since resigning from the bench.

The court heard that at 5pm on the day of the incident, police received information about a motor vehicle and went to Anthony’s home.

Anthony admitted he had been driving his car and was taken to Livingston police station where tests showed he had an alcohol level of 92 micrograms of alcohol in his breath when the legal limit is 35 making him almost three times the limit. Continue reading