UNMASKED: Rapist schoolboy who strangled and attacked four children can be identified as he turns 18 in jail

  • Egan Ritchie committed a string of offences in East Ayrshire, Scotland, in 2019
  • He was just 15 when he carried out the attacks, meaning he couldn’t be named
  • But after turning 18, the restriction granting him anonymity can now be lifted 

A rapist schoolboy who strangled and attacked four children in Scotland has today been unmasked.

Egan Ritchie committed a string of offences including two counts of rape, two counts of serious sexual assault and assault to danger of life in the East Ayrshire area of Scotland between July 3 and August 6, 2019.

He was just 15 when he carried out the despicable spree of attacks, meaning he could not be identified, but this restriction has now been lifted after he turned 18. 

Egan Ritchie committed a string of offences including two counts of rape, two counts of serious sexual assault and assault to danger of life in the East Ayrshire area between July 3 and August 6, 2019

One of his victims blacked out and thought she was going to die after being throttled by the predator, the Sun reports.

Ritchie initially denied his crimes, only finally admitting the abuse when he forced the four traumatised teenagers to give evidence in court. 

Judge Lord Arthurson is reported as saying: ‘In the case of three of the girls you throttled them using both hands forcefully around their necks.

‘One lost consciousness and thought she was going to die. You threatened to kill three of the girls.’ 

Detective Inspector Martin Prendergast, Public Protection Unit, said following Ritchie’s conviction: ‘This teenager is a dangerous and predatory individual who has shown no remorse towards the victims, all of whom were children. 

‘He played on their vulnerabilities and his actions will no doubt have lasting effects on them. 

‘These were horrific crimes for someone of such a young age to commit and we welcome his conviction.’ 

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