Saturday, 13 September 2014

Ardrossan sex offender sentenced

A  63-year-old Ardrossan resident has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years after being convicted of Breach of the Peace at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

The court heard that Eddie Montgomery (pictured) had stared at two brothers aged 11 and 12 after stopping and reversing his van near the beach in Ardrossan.  The boys gave evidence via video link, stating they had run away when they saw the man with long hair and a long beard was watching them.

It was revealed that Montgomery had also stopped his van next to an 11-year-old boy in Dreghorn before asking the youngster, “Do you want to come into my van to get some sweets?”

The boy ran home and gave a description of Montgomery to his parents, who immediately alerted police.  Officers who stopped Montgomery a short time later found he had a mattress in the back of his van.

Convicted on three counts of Breach of the Peace between February 2012 and May 2013, Sheriff Brian Murphy sentenced Montgomery to 240 hours unpaid work.  Stating there had been “a significant sexual element” to the offences, the Sheriff also placed Montgomery on the Sex Offenders Register.  The Ardrossan resident admitted being at the locations described by the children in their evidence, but denied staring at anyone, claiming that on one occasion he had been looking for a friend and waiting outside a betting shop on another.

Speaking to on condition of anonymity this week, an Ardrossan mum expressed “horror” at what she believed to be an extremely lenient sentence handed to Montgomery.  The woman said, “This is disgraceful.  What kind of message does it send to the children who were brave enough to give evidence against this creep.  They went to court and got him convicted but the judge just slaps him on the wrist and sends him back into the local community.”

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