Rugby rat filmed sex and sent tape to team

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A SCOTLAND rugby player recorded himself performing a sex act on an unsuspecting woman and put the footage online for all his team-mates to watch.

Patrick Dewhirst, 21, filmed the woman without her knowledge in an Edinburgh hotel.

The Scotland under-20 prospect, known as Paddy, then posted the sexual images in a WhatsApp group containing 28 members of the Scotland rugby squad.

He humiliated his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, the day before he and the rest of the Scotland squad headed to France to compete in last year’s World Rugby Under-20 Championship.

The fly half’s rugby career is now in jeopardy after he was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

 

Dewhirst, who plays for Ayr RFC, pled guilty to recording the woman without her consent at the Holiday Inn in Corstorphine in May 2018. He also admitted distributing the images to the rest of the Scotland under-20 squad.

Yesterday, Edinburgh sheriff Peter McCormack described the player’s actions as “complete idiocy”, adding that he had committed the offence for “cheap laughs with your teammates”.

He added: “You are a rugby player who had the ability and good fortune to be selected for the Scotland under-20 teamin the World Cup over in France last year.

“On the eve of the squad’s departure, you and a female ended up in your room, and sexual activity took place which should have been no one’s business but yours and hers.

“But without her knowledge or consent, and while she was lying prone, you made a video of the sexual conduct on your phone then posted it to all 28 members of the squad on WhatsApp.

 

“This could well ruin your sporting career, and we can only hope this young woman recovers from her ordeal.”

Sheriff McCormack also ordered Dewhirst, of Mauchline, Ayrshire, to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Dewhirst first came to prominence in rugby with local side Cumnock before movingto Ayr, the current Scottish Premiership champion.

A spokesman for Scottish Rugby said: “Scottish Rugby was aware of the incident that took place last year. 

“We took it extremely seriously and undertook immediate action in collaboration with Police Scotland.

“The case was passed on to Police Scotland for investigation, which we fully supported.”

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