July 2023

Non-binary sex attacker who molested a sleeping child during a campaign of abuse

A non-binary sex attacker who molested a sleeping child during a campaign of abuse

The pervert of Cardenden, Fife, who also sexually assaulted a transgender woman has been allowed to walk free from court again because he would be “particularly vulnerable” in prison

Oliver James Bond, who changed his identity after being convicted of a sex attack on a transgender victim in a previous case, dodged prison for a second time.

The 32-year-old, who was called Lucas Cole throughout the latest trial, started sexually assaulting the underage schoolboy

A jury at Perth Sheriff Court found that Bond carried out further attacks on the same victim over a period of six years.

Bond was found guilty of indecently assaulting the boy at an address in Milnathort between July 1, 2010 – when the victim was 15 – and December 31, 2010. Bond carried out a serious sex attack on the boy while he was asleep and incapable of giving consent.

The fiend was found guilty of sexually assaulting the same victim in Kinross between September 5, 2013 and September 4, 2014 in an attack which started with Bond repeatedly grabbing the teenager’s private parts.

Bond struggled with him, and pulled down his trousers and underwear, before performing a sex act on him.

The jury also found Bond guilty of sexually assaulting the victim in Milnathort between September 5, 2014 and September 4, 2016 by touching his private parts while he was asleep and incapable of consenting.

The Crown gave special notice to lead evidence of Bond sexually assaulting a transgender victim in Perth on 14 May 2018 whilst they were intoxicated and could not consent.

Bond denied indecently and sexually assaulting the male complainer in the latest trial and claimed they were consensual acts between “friends with benefits”. The jury took an hour to find them guilty.

Jurors heard the victim describe how he had been sleeping and had woken up to discover Bond carrying out a sex act upon him.

The accused confirmed they were Oliver James Bond to the court clerk, but was referred to throughout the trial and sentencing as Lucas Cole and mainly by the pronoun “they/them”.

Sheriff David Hall placed Bond on the Sex Offenders Register for five years and under social work supervision for 18 months.

They were placed on a curfew for six months and ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work as a direct alternative to custody.

The sheriff said: “With some hesitation I am going to allow you to remain at liberty. You were convicted by the jury of all three charges. You just don’t get the seriousness of this matter.”

In October 2019, Bond was convicted of sexually assaulting a transgender woman at a flat in Perth. She gave evidence in the latest trial to show the similarity of the attacks.

Fiscal depute Lora Apostalova said the incidents were “strikingly similar” as the victims had been asleep and incapable of giving or withholding consent in both cases. The transgender witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, she how she was sexually assaulted at Bond’s Perth home in May 2018.

She told how they downed a bottle of Midori and watched The Big Bang Theory before she fell asleep. Later, she said she woke to find Cole touching her penis under her clothing.

Ms Apostalova said: “She was not able to give full consent to what was happening to her body. My trousers were definitely not unbuttoned when I lost consciousness. Oliver was touching me. He had his hand under my underwear.”

Bond was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work at the High Court in Edinburgh on October 21, 2019. Judge Lord Tyre said it would have been an “extremely distressing experience” for the woman.

He also ordered Bond to engage in offence-related work under social work supervision.

October 2019

Fife man, 28, sexually assaulted woman in Perth after she split with her boyfriend

A man who sexually assaulted a woman who regarded him as a friend was spared a jail sentence yesterday.

Oliver Bond, 28, carried out the attack at a flat in Perth after his victim had been drinking.

A judge told Bond at the High Court in Edinburgh that it was “an extremely distressing experience” for the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Lord Tyre said Bond had taken advantage of her when she came to his home.

However, the judge told the first offender he believed he could deal with him without imposing a prison sentence.

He imposed a community payback order on Bond, now of East Wemyss, Fife, and ordered that he carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

The judge also made a conduct requirement for him to engage in offence-related work and a one-year supervision order.

Lord Tyre pointed out a social worker who prepared a background report on Bond took the view there was a low risk of him reoffending.

Bond carried out the sexual assault in May last year and touched the victim after putting his hand inside her underwear.

He originally faced an allegation of rape but was acquitted of that offence during an earlier trial that resulted in his conviction for the lesser assault charge.

The 24-year-old victim said she went to Bond’s flat after splitting with her then-boyfriend.

She said she drank nearly a bottle of Midori melon liqueur and watched a comedy programme on Netflix and passed out. She said when she awoke Bond’s arm was over her body and her trousers were unbuttoned.

“My trousers were definitely not unbuttoned when I lost consciousness,” she told the court.

“Oliver was touching me. He had his hand under my underwear.”

After the incident she went to a friend’s house and told him “something bad” had happened.