Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, the Earl of Strathmore, Simon Bowes-Lyon, 34, is due to be sentenced at Dundee court for sexual assault after admitting that he had attacked a woman at his ancestral home in Scotland.
Simon Bowes-Lyon reportedly forced his way into the sleeping woman’s room during an event he was hosting at Glamis Castle.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael said Bowes-Lyon ignored his victim’s pleas during the attack, the victim stated that she’s since been plagued by nightmares.
“Even now – one year on – she still, occasionally, has nightmares and feels panicked because of being sexually assaulted by you. This has also had an impact on her emotional wellbeing,” said Carmichael.
Carmichael said that the woman to Bowes-Lyon that she had “no sexual interest in (him) and had done nothing that could reasonably have been interpreted by (him) to the contrary.”
Bowes-Lyon said he regretted his actions and that he had already apologized to his victim.
“I did not think I was capable of behaving the way I did but have had to face up to it and take responsibility. Over the last year this has involved seeking and receiving professional help as well as agreeing to plead guilty as quickly as possible,” said Bowles-Lyon.
Bowes-Lyon has already been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years as an initial consequence of his actions