April 2011

James McMillan jailed for Dollar schoolgirl sex attack

A man has been given a six-year prison sentence for abducting and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

James McMillan, 40, snatched the girl off the street in Dollar and drove her to a secluded spot to photograph her performing a sex act on 21 June 2010.

The father-of-three, from Tillicoultry in Clackmannanshire, previously admitted abduction and assault.

At the High Court in Glasgow, McMillan was also told he would be supervised for a further three years.

Judge Lord Bracadale said: “This must have been a terrifying experience for the girl.

“In reading her victim impact statement, this has had a profound effect on her.”

Lord Bracadale said the teenager must be “commended” for how she had tried to come to terms with her ordeal.

In a statement, the girl later said McMillan now had “time to reflect on the mistakes he made”.

She added: “I have moved on and I hope that everyone linked to the case can do the same.

“The conclusion of the investigation is exactly what I had been hoping for and I cannot thank the police enough for all the work they put into the case.”

No explanation

A court earlier heard how McMillan had not known his victim prior to the attack.

He had abducted her as she walked to school and driven her to a remote area near Linn Mill.

McMillan then forced the teenager to remove her clothing, took photographs and made her perform a sex act.

After the ordeal he sprayed the girl’s hands with cleaning fluid, telling her: “I’m going to drive away and if you turn around I’ll kill you.”

Central Scotland Police traced McMillan to his mother’s house in Clackmannan after a five-month investigation.

He told officers he was unable to give any explanation for his crime.

Advocate depute Alex Prenctice QC said McMillan said “he had just hated the world and ‘wanted somebody hurt'”.

Donald Findlay QC, defending, said McMillan had been “going through a period of despondency” at the time of the attack.

He added: “He does not find it easy to explain why this offence came about.”

Lord Bracadale told McMillan that the jail-term would have been nine years, but for his guilty plea.