Scots paedo jailed for attempting to rape schoolgirl sexually assaults prison officer



A notorious sex offender caged nearly 15 years ago for the abduction and attempted rape of a 14-year-old paper girl paraded naked, performed a sick sex act in front of female warders, and sexually assaulted a female prison officer in his cell.

James Murison, 59, was jailed in 2007 after forcing the paper girl into his house while she was on her rounds, tying her wrists and ankles with ribbon, and sexually assaulting her until police, alerted by neighbors who heard her screams, arrived at his house in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, to free her.

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that the an assault on a 58-year-old woman officer occurred at top security Glenochil Prison in Clackmannanshire in February last year, after three incidents of Murison “parading naked” round the jail.

The court was told that on November 3rd 2020, Murison had emerged naked from the showers in HMP Glenochil in front of seven prison officers.

Prosecutor Katie Cunningham said he walked out naked into the communal recreation area and was told to cover up, but replied that he “didn’t give af***” and continued to walk around naked, ignoring warders and a proffered towel, and had to be escorted back to his cell.

A few days later he repeated his behaviour, wandering naked round the recreation area until he was covered with a towel by warders and put into his cell again.

He was punished by the jail governor, but around 9.45am on November 18th, 2020, he again came out of the shower, wandered around the recreation area naked, and then walked up to the staff desk and stood with his hands on his hips, looking towards two female warders.

He was again covered and put back in his cell.

Miss Cunningham said: “When asked about his actions, he said he had been behaving in such a manner as he wanted to go to [the State hospital] Carstairs.”

On February 15 2021, he was being visited in his cell in Glenochil Prison’s Abercrombie Hall by two members of prison staff after he had been again refusing to put clothes on.

He eventually did get dressed, and sat on his bed while a 58-year-old woman warder stood in front of him and another officer stood at the door.

Miss Cunningham said: “He spoke about committing suicide and the conversation continued this way for about five minutes.

“Then he unexpectedly stood up from the bed, lunged forward, and grabbed [the officer’s] vagina over her trousers.”

The other officer immediately grabbed him and restrained him on the bed, while the female officer said to be “in shock”, stepped back and pressed her alarm.

Murison was restrained by several officers, and escorted to the segregation unit.

Due to his “continued disregard for the rules and continued offenses against staff” he was then moved to Saughton Prison, Edinburgh.

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There, on May 10, 2021, he again left the showers naked and was told to cover up.

Miss Cunningham said: “He refused to comply and began walking along the corridor towards [three woman officers] and began to masturbate in their direction while looking at them and smirking.”

He was escorted to his cell, and police were called in.

Appearing by video link, Murison pleaded guilty to sexual assault, statutory breach of the peace, and causing others to be present while engaging in sexual activity.

Defense solicitor John Hardie said Murison had been jailed for eight years in 2007 plus an eight year extension, and even without a further sentence for his latest crimes will have served “the full 16 years” before being due for release.

He said: “He has been at liberty for only two weeks, in 2014, before he was recalled to the extended part of the sentence.

“The circumstances of the recall are that he walked into a police station wearing a coat that was marked on the back ‘Property of HMP Peterhead’.

“He said he had been given it on his release, but he was charged with the theft of that coat. While protesting his innocence, he was charged with breach of the peace.

“No proceedings were taken, but he was returned to custody and has been there ever since.”

Of the latest offences, Mr Hardie said: “He is of the view that he wasn’t in his right mind at the time of them.”

Sheriff Simon Collins QC said it was “inevitable” that a consecutive custodial sentence of Murison’s current sentence would have to be imposed.

He deferred sentence, however, until March 9 for a social work report into the possibility of an eventual supervised release order.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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