Man, 21, who admitted raping a 12-year-old girl walks FREE after a judge agrees ‘she looks over the age of 16’
- Daniel Cieslak met the girl, then aged 12, in a taxi queue after a night out
- He went to a party with her and claimed to think that she was 16 or 17
- Lady Scott took the ‘wholly exceptional’ decision at Glasgow’s High Court
- She said there was no suggestion of predatory conduct, grooming or deception
A man has walked free from court after pleading guilty to the rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Lady Scott took the ‘wholly exceptional’ decision to grant Daniel Cieslak an absolute discharge at the High Court in Glasgow today.
Cieslak, 21, met the victim and her friend, aged 12 and 13, in a taxi queue in Edinburgh after a night out in the summer of 2015 and went back to a party with them thinking they were 16 and 17, a statement on the Judiciary of Scotland website said.
He was 19 at the time.
Lady Scott said: ‘You understood from chat in the taxi that the victim was 16 years old and her friend was 17 years old. The taxi driver had the impression that the victim was about 20 years old.
‘Once at the flat, after some time, you paired off and you and the victim engaged in sexual intercourse.
‘She left the next morning. She had no concerns and there was no suggestion of her being distressed.’
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