UK woman speaks out after man sexually assaulted her while live-streaming the attack on Snapchat

By Rachael Burford

Tracie Aldridge (pictured) was asleep when she was subjected to a sexual assault at a party. Photo / Tracie Aldrige Facebook
Tracie Aldridge (pictured) was asleep when she was subjected to a sexual assault at a party. Photo / Tracie Aldrige Facebook

A UK teenager was sexually assaulted with a sweeping brush as she slept at a party.

Tracie Aldridge, then 19, slept through the attack by Jordan Binnie, but woke the next day to find it had been live-streamed on Snapchat and sent to her friends by Fraser Anderson.

She has waived her right to anonymity after Binnie was jailed for 12 months and Anderson was given a community service, Daily Mail reports.

The men, both 22, were at the party in Raploch, Stirling and had reportedly been drinking all day.

Eventually everyone left apart from Tracie, Binnie and Anderson.

Miss Aldridge later fell asleep on a sofa, wearing a pair of pyjama shorts, which Anderson moved to one side. Binnie then sexually assaulted her with a sweeping brush.

Miss Aldridge, now 21, said her anonymity was taken away by her attackers when they filmed and distributed the sick attack.

She said: "I've been through two years of hell. At the start the police told us it would go to the High Court and Binnie would be charged with rape with an object.

"Fraser Anderson could have stopped it, but instead he live-streamed it to Snapchat. Everybody who knows me in this area saw it.

"I'm waiving my anonymity because I'm so angry with the light sentences they got, but Fraser took my anonymity the minute he uploaded it to social media."

Sarah Lumsden, prosecuting, told Falkirk Sheriff Court that Miss Aldridge found out about the attack when a friend called the morning after the party to tell her the video was circulating on social media.

Tracie has hit out at her attacker's soft sentence after he was caged for just 12 months. Photo / Tracie Aldridge Facebook
Tracie has hit out at her attacker's soft sentence after he was caged for just 12 months. Photo / Tracie Aldridge Facebook

She said: "Miss Aldridge was, understandably, extremely distressed and humiliated, and the police were contacted."

Unemployed Binnie, from Cornton, Stirling, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and Anderson, a carpet fitter, admitted committing a breach of the peace by uploading the footage to Snapchat.

Binnie, who has a record for violence and was assessed by social workers as at risk of committing further violent offences, was jailed for 12 months and placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

Anderson was ordered to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work. He will not have to sign the register because he admitted breaching the peace.

The attack happened on June 27, 2015 but sentencing only took place after thirteen court appearances. Both men appeared together on Thursday and were sentenced.

At a separate hearing, the court was told about Anderson moving Tracie's shorts to carry out the assault.

But when the 22-year-old appeared to plea there was no mention of this, and the Crown gave no further narration, leaving the act in a sentencing limbo - something Anderson had done, but which he could not be punished for.

Miss Aldridge said she feels "betrayed by the system".

She added: "[Anderson] got community service. It's absolutely ridiculous. I just think it's a joke.

"They ruined my life, I've had two years of torment, and my life's never been the same since it happened. I had to give up my job as a school cleaner because of the stress.

"I've been betrayed by the system. Shoplifters get heavier sentences than they got."

Virgil Crawford, defending, told the court that this was Anderson's first offence and he had simply been 'a drunk man filming all night at a party' and uploading to Snapchat what was going on.

Mr Crawford claimed the video should have self-deleted but someone else had saved and circulated it.

He added: "It is quite clear that very shortly after this incident Mr Anderson realised he had done wrong, but at the time he thought it was humorous and funny."

Binie's solicitor Frazer McCready said: "This was a couple of daft boys, whilst intoxicated, doing something which they may have perceived to be funny at the time, but in the sober light of day it's a serious offence."

Sheriff John Mundy told the pair: "I regard this as a despicable act on the part of both of you".

It is not the first time that Sheriff Mundy has been involved in a "soft touch justice" row.

In 2014, he sparked fury when he let another teenager off with an absolute discharge for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in a school stationery cupboard.

His decision was later overturned.

Miss Aldridge's mother, Nicola, 46, said: "It's absolutely atrocious. He did this to her with a brush, and the other guy filmed it. How can they get off so lightly?

"And why was Fraser Anderson not put on the sex offenders' register when he filmed somebody, for fun, being sexually assaulted, and put it everywhere for everybody to see?

"That's almost worse than what Binnie did."

- Daily Mail

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