Serial sex pest dodges jail after fourth offence

David Laird was on trial at Haddington Sheriff Court. Picture: Gordon Fraser
David Laird was on trial at Haddington Sheriff Court. Picture: Gordon Fraser
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A SERIAL sex pest has escaped a jail sentence – despite being convicted of his fourth sexual offence.

David Laird followed a woman and began inappropriately stroking her on the face and touching the distressed woman on the neck during the latest “bizarre” incident.

Laird was found guilty of the indecent assault following a trial at Haddington Sheriff Court last month when he pleaded his innocence by telling the court he “wasn’t there” during the incident.

Laird, from Dunbar, East Lothian, returned to the court for sentencing where his solicitor claimed the pervert continues to deny responsibility for the attack.

Solicitor Paul Canavan told the court the latest offence was Laird’s fourth sexual offence conviction.

Mr Canavan said the 56-year-old father-of three’s actions could be “considered at the lower end of the scale in terms of indecent assault”.

The solicitor added Laird lost his job and his marriage broke down following a sexual conviction in 2004.

Laird was found guilty of indecently assaulting a woman by approaching her from behind, stroking her on the face and touching her on the neck at West Port, Dunbar, East Lothian, on 14 June 2013.

Sheriff Donald Ferguson said: “This was a rather bizarre incident that was never really explained, but there was clear evidence you were the perpetrator.

“It caused considerable concern and distress to the victim.”

Sheriff Ferguson placed Laird on the sex offenders register for 18 months and ordered him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

Laird was also placed on an offenders’ supervision requirement for 18 months.