Serial child sex offender Paul Baird bought two bottles of cider and a
bottle of Buckfast then left a nine-year-old boy terrified after seizing
him outside the shop in Carluke.
Baird was serving two probation
orders for sex-related crimes when he grabbed the youngster before making
His victim started to cry and ran home to tell
his father, who then phoned the police. Unemployed Baird, 34, a registered
sex offender, later told officers he was "disappointed" he could not get
the boy "involved".
Baird had earlier admitted his latest
crime at an appearance at Lanark Sheriff Court, but was sent to the High
Court for sentencing. There, Lord Bracadale called for a risk assessment
on Baird, ordered that he be placed on the sex offenders’ register again
and remanded him to be sentenced later.
• Full story at the Evening Times, Glasgow.