Kincardine teen jailed for rape
A KINCARDINE youth who raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl after she had been drinking has been jailed for four and a half years.
Gary Rankine (18), of Chapel Street, was also given a further 10 weeks detention after punching a 15-year-old boy, who was knocked unconscious, after he called him "a beast" and "pervert".
Rankine had been left alone with the schoolgirl before launching the sex attack in which the victim was forced to the ground, a hand put over her mouth and her lower clothing pulled down.
She told a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh that Rankine, then aged 17, had asked her, "Do you want to do it?"
But she replied "No."
She was forced down and kept hitting him trying to get him off her but was assaulted.
Witnesses who saw her after the attack on 16th October 2009 at Kincairne Court, in Kincardine, described her as crying and shaking.
Rankine had denied raping the girl but was earlier convicted of the offence.
At sentencing on Wednesday, Lord Doherty told him that he accepted that he was young and had some learning difficulties.
But the judge added, "Nonetheless only a substantial custodial sentence would adequately mark the seriousness of the offence."
As well as giving Rankine an additional 10 weeks detention for the assault on the boy, which took place on the same day in the village's High Street, the judge gave him a further three months for attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
The youth handed over a different pair of boxer shorts to police officers than those he was wearing at the time.
Defence solicitor advocate Gordon Martin said Rankine was a young man with a variety of difficulties but had no previous convictions as an adult.