November 2015

Drugged-up pervert who abducted and sexually assaulted girl, 6, jailed

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A MAN who abducted and sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl as she played in the street in a Frozen Princess dress was today jailed for five and a half years.

David Johnston, 33, had taken a legal high called Bubble before he grabbed the young girl from a busy street and dragged her to a secluded area nearby.

When concerned residents and police caught up with Johnston minutes later the girl was beside him and his trousers were at his ankles.

Judge Lady Wise yesterday jailed Johnston for five and a half years at the High Court in Glasgow and ordered that he should be monitored in the community for two years after his release from prison in order to protect the public.

She told Johnston: “You lured a six-year-old girl who was out playing in the street with her brother. You then took her to a secluded place behind a billboard and you were found with your trousers round your ankles and you hands on the girl’s shoulders.

Your victim was initially inconsolable after her terrifying ordeal.”

Lady Wise praised residents in the east end of Glasgow who searched along with police for the little girl, who was wearing a Disney Princess Frozen dress.

She said to Johnston: “You were caught thanks to the efforts of the local people and the police.”

The judge said that, but for his early plea of guilty she would have jailed Johnston for eight years.

Johnston, who is a prisoner in Barlinnie, admitted abducting and sexually assaulting the girl with intent to rape on August 7 at Fielden Street, Glasgow. He also pleaded guilty to committing a breach of the peace.

Defence counsel Tony Graham said that Johnston was drunk and had taken a legal high called Bubble that night.

Mr Graham added: “His behaviour that night was bizarre, but he had no memory of it. However, he accepts the evidence against him.”

The court was told that Johnston was out on licence at the time as he had been released early from his sentence for a racially aggravated offence on July 17 – 21 days before he abducted the young schoolgirl.

Johnston’s sentence was meant to finish on September 17.

Advocate depute Shanti Maguire, prosecuting, told the court that Johnston’s victim was out playing when he snatched her.

After hearing that her daughter had been taken by a stranger the distraught mother fetched her mobile phone and began showing recent pictures of the child to passers-by.

Ms Maguire said: “By this time a large number of local residents had been made aware of the situation and had made their way onto the street.

“The mother began to search the area where her daughter was last seen stopping anyone she met in the street and showing her daughter’s photograph and asking if they had seen her.”

The court heard that a search was carried out by locals and police. The first person to find Johnston and the girl was John Farrell, 50, who was searching the area round Fielden Street near to a Kwik Fit garage.

Earlier Mr Farrell had seen Johnston talking to the girl and then waving to her in a “come here” gesture and then motioning her to follow him.

She began to follow Johnston who took her hand and led her away. Mr Farrell began to search for Johnston. As Mr Farrell walked past a large billboard he heard a noise from behind it.

When he stepped behind it he saw Johnston standing with his back to rear of the billboard. His trousers were at his ankles and Mr Farrell said it appeared to him that the accused was naked from the waist down as he could see the whole of his legs.

The little girl was standing only inches in front of him and it appeared to Mr Farrell that Johnston was trying to force her down.

Mr Farrel shouted: “What are you doing ya f***ing beast.” he startled Johnston who pushed the girl back causing her to stumble and scream loudly.

Johnston, who was drunk, reached down and pulled up his trousers and turned and ran. He was caught a short distance away by police.

The little girl, who was described as “inconsolable” was reunited with her family.

Unemployed Johnston, who is on benefits, was taken to Helen Street police office where he told officers: “you better chop me up. There is something wrong with me. I’m the worst c***, the most horriblest.”

Ms Maguire told the court that the girl’s mother said that initially her daughter felt guilty because she hadn’t listened to her mum and gone with a stranger.

The prosecutor added: “However, her mum has stated she has since returned to her happy self, out playing with her friends and enjoying company.”

Johnston was placed on the sexual offenders’ register.

October 2015

Girl, 6, playing in Princess Elsa dress snatched off street by pervert

A six-year-old girl was snatched off the street by a pervert as she played in her Princess Elsa dress.

David Johnston abducted the child and had his trousers down by his ankles and the little girl inches away from him as he was stopped by a hero passer-by.

John Farrell yelled: “What are you doing ya f****** beast?”

Johnston, 33, pushed the screaming girl away, pulled his trousers up and ran.

But police caught him soon after.

He told officers: “You better chop me up. There is something wrong with me. “I’m the worst c***, the most horriblest.”

Johnston today admitted assaulting the child with intent to rape and breach of the peace.

He is in jail awaiting sentence

The victim was dressed as her favourite character from Disney’s Frozen when Johnston abducted her in Fielden Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, on August 7 this year.

John, 50, saw the pervert beckoning to the girl then taking her hand and leading her away.

He followed and caught Johnston hiding behind a billboard with the child. He appeared to be naked from the waist down and seemed to be trying to force the little girl down.

The sobbing child was reunited with her mum after John forced Johnston to flee.

A large number of other residents also joined in the search after the frantic mother showed them pictures of her daughter.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the girl felt guilty at the time because she had gone with a stranger despite her mum’s warnings.

But she was now “back to her happy self”.

Judge Lady Wise told jobless Johnston, a prisoner at Barlinnie, that he had admitted an extremely serious offence.

She deferred sentence until next month for a background report and an assessment of the risk he poses.

Johnston, who was drunk when he took the child, has 19 previous convictions for crimes including serious assaults and racist offences.

He has no previous record for sexual crimes.