A relative of Queen Elizabeth II was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at his home in Angus, Scotland.
Earl of Strathmore Simon Bowes-Lyon, the son of a cousin of the 94-year-old British monarch, forced his way into the sleeping woman’s room during an event he hosted at Glamis Castle. The 34-year-old was convicted in Dundee Sheriff Court after pleading guilty.
According to the BBC, Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told Bowes-Lyon in court that he had repeatedly ignored his victim’s pleas during the attack.
“Even now – a year later – she still has the occasional nightmares and panics because you are sexually assaulting her. This has affected her emotional well-being as well,” said Sheriff Carmichael.
Last month, Bowes-Lyon apologized for his actions after pleading guilty, saying he was “very ashamed” for “causing such distress to a guest at my house”.
He said he “drank too much” the night of the attack, although he stated that it was “no excuse” for what was happening.
“I didn’t think I would be able to act like this, but I had to face it and take responsibility,” he said in front of the court.
“The last year was about seeking and receiving professional help and agreeing to plead guilty as soon as possible. I apologize primarily to the woman concerned, but I would also like to apologize to family, friends and colleagues the hardship I caused them, “he said.
The Dundee Sheriff’s Court had previously learned that the woman had fled the castle the morning after the attack on February 13 last year and flown home to report the matter to the police. Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police were then involved in the investigation.
Earl’s defense attorney, John Scott, said his client had shown “genuine remorse”.
Glamis Castle is the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, both of the Queen Mother’s family – the late mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
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