Glasgow & West Scotland

Christopher Collins admits raping girl, 15, in Airdrie

A man has admitted raping a 15-year-old girl after plying her with alcohol at his parents' home in North Lanarkshire.

Christopher Collins, 31, took the girl to the house in Airdrie in June last year while his parents were on holiday.

He raped her after giving her vodka and beer. Police were alerted by the girl's mother after she returned home distressed and wearing men's clothing.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Collins was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

The court heard how the victim had gone with Collins as he drove her friends home.

Second drink

Afterwards Collins claimed he had to stop off at his parents' home in Airdrie to pick something up.

Prosecutor Shirley McKenna said while there he handed the teenager a vodka and coke.

Collins then gave the girl a second drink and later a beer.

The court was told the victim eventually felt "really drunk".

Collins later had sex with the girl while she was heavily under the influence of alcohol and not able to give consent.

'Distressed' state

The victim's mother became worried about her daughter and called Collins.

He claimed he had been looking after the girl after she got drunk.

The mother demanded he bring her daughter home as she had appeared fine earlier that night.

The woman later called police when the girl arrived homes in a "distressed" state and wearing men's clothing.

Collins was questioned and forensic tests confirmed he had sex with the girl that night.