Girls' had real kidnap fear

A driver scared two young girls by telling them he had 'room in the boot' for them.

Sunday, 4th December 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:40 pm

Appearing at Livingston Sheriff Court on Thursday Kevin Scott (31), claimed his apparent threat was “just banter” and told police he thought the youngsters – aged 11 and 14 – were “about 19-years-old” when he stopped to talk to them.

Scott pled guilty to behaving in a threatening manner towards the pair in Bridgend, West Lothian, on November 6 last year.

Deborah Demick, prosecuting, said the 11-year-old noticed Scott’s silver BMW at around 9pm.

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The car stopped and he shouted: “Hoi, girl” at her then got out of the car and started walking towards her. Being in fear for her safety she ran from him. The accused then shouted towards her: ‘There’s room in the boot for you!’”

Sheriff Jamie Gilmour said: “It shows a complete lack of insight into the possible effect this might have had on two young females.”

He placed Scott, Scott Brae, Livingston, on an 18-month supervised community payback order and told him to carry out 220 hours unpaid work within eight months.