Date: March 18, 2017
“A man who admitted raping a 12-year-old girl has walked free from court.
Daniel Cieslak, 21, had believed the girl – who he met in a taxi queue in Edinburgh in July 2015 – was 16. He burst into tears when police later revealed her true age.
The judge, Lady Scott, said she was taking the “wholly exceptional decision” not to sentence Cieslak.
Instead, she gave the first offender an absolute discharge at the High Court in Glasgow.
She said: “I do not consider there is any need for, or public interest in, punishment. To do so would in my view be disproportionate given the nature of the criminal culpability here.”
Student Cieslak, who was 19 at the time of the offence, had earlier pleaded guilty to the rape charge.”
I wont be offering a lot of commentary here, because I’m badly sick, aching and cranky…for about the bazillionth time, in the last twelve months…So, I’m not really up to saying much.
I think this is the first time I’ve ever learned of anybody in this situation, being legally let off.
When I consider such laws to be invalid in their own right…I’m not really sure how I feel about these anomalies…
It’s kind of a “feel good” outcome, for the guy who didn’t know what he’d gotten into…but really…I’m too under the weather, to contemplate the wider ramifications.
I guess…it’s good that the legal system took half a step away, from it’s Neanderthal absolutism.
…That’s something to consider.