Edinburgh based soldier asked girls for pix in their underwear

By Christine Lavelle

A SCOTS based soldier asked teenage girls to send him pictures of themselves in their underwear and kept more than 500 indecent images of children on his computer.

Corporal Gavin Booth, 30, based at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh with 3 Rifles, admitted possessing and distributing images of children, sending text messages to teenage girls which were both “sexual and lewd” in nature and contacting underage girls online.

Booth pled guilty to four charges which happened between June 2007 and August 2009, but pled not guilty to a charge of making his own indecent images.

Today (Tue) Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how his wife had logged onto his laptop while he was away on a camping trip, and found emails confirming friend requests he had sent to girls aged between 14 and 19 on the social networking site Facebook. Continue reading

Suzanne Pilley Ex Delivers Silence As Package Arrives

By Paul Thornton

THE former lover of Suzanne Pilley today (wed) received a mystery package from the firm where he and the missing 38-year-old worked.

David Gilroy, 47, spent most of the day shut in his home after being suspended by bosses at Infrastructure Managers following the disappearance of his former colleague Suzanne on May 4.

He left his home in Edinburgh’s Silverknowes Brae yesterday only briefly to drop off his wife Andrea and their children elsewhere.


But he made an appearance to sign for a large package delivered by a courier around 2pm.

Mr Gilroy opened his door just long enough to snatch the package from the arms of the City Courier worker before passing out a receipt.

He refused to answer questions about his movements in days after Suzanne’s disappearance. Continue reading

Religious Studies Sir Had Sex With A Pupil On School Trips

By Michael MacLeod

A RELIGIOUS studies teacher who repeatedly slept with one of his young pupils was placed on the sex offenders register today (tues).

Married dad-of-three Thomas Docherty, 51, targeted the 16 year-old schoolgirl after offering to help her to prepare for exams.

He repeatedly had sex with the youngster during a two year affair.

The shamed sir even made love to the pupil during official school trips to Rome and Barcelona – despite his wife who was oblivious to the trysts travelling with him.

He took advantage of the girl after classes at a school in Midlothian where he worked, forming a relationship with her to the point that she saw him as “a father figure.” Continue reading

Ex-PM Brown still the boss, as he sends wife to Tesco

By Cara Sulieman

AFTER his very public departure from high office, it was perhaps of little surprise that Gordon Brown would chose to keep a low profile on what was his first day back as a jobbing MP.

Back in his beloved Fife, at the North Queensferry home where his children no doubt were enthused as to how daddy suddenly had so much free time, the former Prime Minister stayed behind closed doors.

It was his wife Sarah, a rock to him these past few tumultuous days, who was to run the gauntlet of photographers, TV crews and reporters camped at the end of their driveway.

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15-year road ban for who driver feared pregnant wife’s wrath

By Michael MacLeod
A NERVOUS husband led cops on an 80mph chase because he feared his pregnant wife would find out he borrowed her car.
Despite having been banned from the roads SEVEN times before, 29 year-old James Simpson agreed to drive from Airdrie to Edinburgh to give a friend a lift.
He then tried to drive home drunk at 2.30am after downing five cans of lager.
But he “panicked” when he saw police and crashed his partner’s Vauxhall Vectra after a 20-minute chase through Edinburgh city centre.
Simpson, of Airdrie, was sent to prison for 18 months and disqualified from driving for 15 years today (Tuesday) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. 
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Gym coach Mitch Dolphin jailed for three years over child sex crimes


By Shaun Milne

A SHAMED Scots gym coach was jailed for three years today over a sordid campaign of abuse against girls aged as young as seven which spanned more than two decades.

Mitch Dolphin, 51, stuck his hands down young girl’s leotards, felt their breasts and even stuck his tongue in their mouths to satisfy his depravity.

VILE: pervert Mitch Dolphin

VILE: pervert Mitch Dolphin

The sickening offences took place between 1986 and 2008 while he was the trusted head gymnastic coach at Lothian Gymnastic Centre based at Loanhead in Midlothian.

Area Procurator Fiscal Morag McLaughlin today praised the “courage” of his victims all through the trial which finally saw the filthy coach found guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court of seven charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practice.

He was also convicted of three charges of sexual assault.

After he was sent down Fiscal McLaughlin said: “Mitchell Dolphin took advantage of his position and the trust put in him by his victims and their families to carry out sexual abuse over a period of 22 years.

“This has been a difficult case for all those involved and I am very aware that it has not been easy for his victims to report him to the police and give evidence against him. Continue reading

Scotty’s Scottish accent thanks to his wife

By Rebecca Jamieson

SIMON Pegg has revealed the secret behind his Scottish accent for the new Star Trek film – a little help from his wife.

Maureen, from East Kilbride, was on set in Los Angeles with him to act as his dialogue coach and to ensure his Scotty really did sound like a genuine Scot.

He also received a few tips from Tommy Gormley, the film’s Glaswegian first assistant director.

And the English actor said it was really important for him to try and get the accent right.

He said: “Obviously it’s important to me that the Scottish audience accept me as Scottish.

“Also half my family are Scottish and I want to be able to go there now and again without being booed.” Continue reading