September 2016

Paedophile admits abusing young Rangers mascot after a game

A paedophile abused a young girl after she had been a mascot at a Rangers game.

Stephen Smith regularly travelled to Glasgow to watch the Ibrox club.

The child often joined him and he repeatedly preyed on her for four years – 2007 and 2011 – during stays at hotels in the city.

A judge heard how the youngster was aged just eight when the attacks started.

This included an incident after the delighted girl had been chosen to be a matchday mascot for Rangers in 2010.

Smith was later snared during a large-scale probe into his abuse of the child.

He told police at the time that he had been “a bloody idiot”.

It lead to the 59 year-old today appearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

He pled guilty to charges of rape, lewd and libidinous behaviour as well taking indecent photographs.

The hearing was told Smith is already serving 10 years and eight months for child sex abuse imposed at Leeds Crown Court in 2012.

Judge Lady Scott sentenced him to five years and six months – this will run concurrently with the earlier jail-term.

She branded these crimes the “serious sexual abuse of a young child”.