March 2021

Pervert kissed missing girl, 12, on bus in Glasgow

A pervert who kissed a missing 12-year-old girl on a bus has been jailed for nearly 20 months.

Robert Palmer had earlier drank alcohol with the youngster in Glasgow’s Springburn in March 2018.

The 23-year-old later told police he believed the girl was 17.

Prosecutor Sarah Latta told Glasgow Sheriff Court: “Her dad who she was to be staying with that day reported her missing to the police.

“This is how the police became involved in the matter which was captured on CCTV.

“The friend who was with the girl on the bus was the subject of other matters.

“As a result of this, the girls were spoken to and got the version of events.

“It was only then that the version of events came to light.”

Palmer pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl.

The offence took place more than two years before Palmer sexually assaulted and racially abused two women – both 23 – at a flat in the city’s Germiston.

Palmer groped one of the women in a broom cupboard and tried to kiss the other victim.

He then brandished a knife at both of them.

Palmer shouted “black b******s, f***ing Osama Bin Ladens and go back to where you came from” and made animal noises.

Palmer pleaded guilty to the sexual assaults in February was sentenced for both matters on Friday.

He was jailed for 81 days for the kissing case and 18 months for the later offences.

Palmer was also put on the sex offenders register for seven years.

Sheriff Paul Crozier said: “As you have acknowledged, due to the nature of these offences and your previous convictions, there is no other appropriate method of dealing with you other than prison.”