June 2021: Sheriff Matheson placed Urquhart on social work supervision for 24 months, instructed him to participate in a sex offender rehabilitation programme and 200 hours of unpaid work. She said it was an alternative to prison. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for two years.

May 2021

Paedophile hunters snare Fortrose man sending sexual messages to “girl”

Inverness Sheriff Court heard the man had been exposed by a group called Hampshire Predator Hunters.

Alistair Urquhart (54) appeared before Sheriff Sara Matheson and admitted the offence which occurred between April 27, 2019 and June 3, 2019.

It was committed in his home at Water Furrows and a local bar.

Fiscal depute Martina Eastwood told the court that the vigilante set up a fake account in the name of “Kaisha”, purporting to be a 13-year-old girl on an internet chat room.

“She” received a reply from Urquhart, asking “her” age.

After being told “she” was 13 Urquhart sent her his mobile phone number.

Ms Eastwood said: “Communications became increasingly sexualized, with Urquhart stating ‘you look fantastic sweetheart for your age babes ok xxxx’ and when asked ‘What would you do if we were together?’ he responds: ‘Kiss and cuddle with you sweetheart. Maybe more if you wanted to. Me and you naked together ok darling?’

“In late May, 2019 ‘Kaisha’ told Urquhart that she was going to the campsite in Fortrose for a holiday with her auntie and arranged to meet up with him.

“On June 3, 2019, ‘Kaisha’ and other members of the group travelled to Fortrose and confronted Urquhart at his work.

“They recorded the meeting and contacted the police.”

Sentence was deferred until June 21 for a background report and a restriction of liberty order assessment.