June 2018

Pervert groped schoolgirls on his couch

A pervert groped two schoolgirls as they sat on his living room couch.

Ewan Toghill, 38, mauled the 14 and 15-year-old on separate nights at his home.

A third claim he pawed at a woman’s private parts as she slept was found not proven.

The creep has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register after he was found guilty of assaulting the teens following a trial at Paisley Sheriff Court .

Prosecutor Frank Clarke told how he touched the older girl then claimed he was reaching for the telly remote.

He said: “She described how she and a friend were on the same settee.

“It was in the early hours of the morning.

“She described how her friend had been sleeping for around 20 minutes.

“This is when the incident occurred. She described how he placed his hand and fingers on her inner thigh.

“It was very close to her private area. She didn’t know what was going on.

“She looked at him and asked, ‘what are you doing?’.

“He replied: ‘Sorry pal, I was just trying to get the remote.’”

Neither of the girls can be named for legal reasons.

Toghill assaulted the 15-year-old after she had been drinking.

He pounced at his home in Paisley’s Fereneze Drive between December 1 2015 and January 31 the following year.

The weirdo clawed at the younger teen while she was sitting on the same sofa.

He placed his hand on her leg and rubbed her thigh at a flat he moved to in the town’s brown street between December 1 2014 and Hogmany the next year.

Mr Clarke argued the cases should be tried together and demonstrated a clear pattern of offending.

He added: “The victims were visitors to his home.

“The incidents occurred when they were distracted watching television.

“They are said to have occurred on a brown corner settee.”

The woman claimed she was touched while she slept at another of Toghill’s addresses in Dalry, Ayrshire, in 2014.

Mr Clark insisted her recollection of the night was hazy, but she remembered waking up while being fondled.

He added: “Like many things in life, when something of great importance happens, that remains in the memory.

“She referred to the incident as sexually inappropriate.”

Toghill could be seen visibly shaking when the two guilty verdicts were returned.

Toghill could be banned from working with children after being found guilty of assault.

The court ruled there was a significant sexual element to his offending.

Sheriff Colin Pettigrew called for background reports and ordered Toghill to meet with social workers.

He said: “I have taken a considerable amount of time to reflect on this case.

“I am satisfied a reasonable person would consider your behaviour sexual.

“These young girls were children.

“You are subject to notification of the sex offenders legislation.”

Toghill, of now Glencairn Road, has been ordered to return for sentencing on July 24.

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