Tracie Aldridge Sexually Assaulted with Sweeping Brush Live on Snapchat
Brave Tracie Aldridge waived her right to anonymity, saying: “I’ve been betrayed by the system. Shoplifters get heavier sentences than they got”
A woman sexually assaulted with a sweeping brush while it was live streamed on Snapchat has spoken out after her abuser was jailed for only 12 months and his friend escaped prison.
Tracie Aldridge, then 19, slept right through her “humiliation” by Jordan Binnie, but woke the next day to find that footage of the outrage had been sent to her friends.
Tracie Aldridge says the sentences for the two men are a “joke” after she was humiliated on social media
She waived her right to anonymity today after the sentences were handed down.
Binnie, 22, had been drinking all day, and continued into the night at the party in Raploch, Stirling
Jordan Binnie outside court
Eventually everyone left apart from Binnie, Tracie, and Fraser Anderson, also 22.
Exhausted, Tracie “put her feet up” and fell asleep on a sofa, wearing a small pair of pyjama shorts, which Anderson moved to one side, allowing Binnie access to commit the assault.
Sarah Lumsden, prosecuting, told Falkirk Sheriff Court: “For an unknown reason Mr Binnie took a sweeping brush that was in the flat and approached her with it.
“Mr Anderson moved some of her clothing.”
Binnie then “moved the bush towards, and indeed did touch, her vagina”.
Fraser Anderson arriving at court
Miss Lumsden said: “The complainer throughout this didn’t wake up, but the next morning she received a telephone call from a friend advising her that a social media message had been sent to some of her friends which included a video depicting this incident taking place.
“She had no memory of this. She didn’t known this had happened. This was how this came to light.
“She was, understandably, extremely distressed and humiliated, and the police were contacted.”
As part of the investigation, the broom handle was sent for forensic tests.
Miss Lumsden said: “A ‘hit’ was received some time later from the offending brush, which confirmed the presence of the DNA of the victim and Mr Binnie.”
Binnie, unemployed, of Johnston Avenue, Cornton, Stirling, pleaded guilty to sexual assault.
On a separate day, Anderson, a carpet fitter, of De Moray Court, also in Cornton, Stirling, appeared in court and admitted committing a breach of the peace by uploading mobile phone footage of the assault to Snapchat.
Both men then appeared together last Thursday and were sentenced.
When Binnie pleaded guilty, the court was told about Anderson moving Tracie’s pyjama shorts.
But when Anderson appeared a fortnight later, his plea made no mention of this,.
The Crown gave no further narration leaving the act in a sentencing limbo, something the court was told Anderson had done, but which he could not be punished for.
Tracie said later she felt “betrayed by the system”.
Virgil Crawford, defending, told the court that Anderson, a first offender, 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 in seconds, 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.”
Solicitor Frazer McCready, for Binnie, 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.”
The incident happened on June 27, 2015. Sentencing took place after a series of delays and thirteen court appearances.
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.
Sheriff John Mundy told them: “I regard this as a despicable act on the part of both of you.”
Anderson was not even placed on the register, because he had pleaded guilty only to a breach of the peace.
It is not the first time that Sheriff Mundy has been involved in a “soft touch justice” row.
In 2014, he sparked fury after he let teenager Karl Henderson, then 17, off with an absolute discharge for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in a Denny High School stationery cupboard.
His decision was later overturned – the Crown appealed on grounds of undue leniency and the Court of Appeal ordered Henderson to be placed on supervision and the sex offenders’ register for a year.
In Tracie’s case, however, it is the Crown that is being blamed.
Tracie, now 21, waived her anonymity and 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 — and he 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 of it.
“I’ve been betrayed by the system. Shoplifters get heavier sentences than they got.”
Her mother, Nicola, 46, added: “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.
“The police did a good job, but the Crown let Tracie down.”
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