August 2018

Pervert preyed on child walking to school to give her creepy note ‘have a good day at school beautiful’

A creepy pensioner who stalked an 11-year-old girl has been jailed for almost two years.

Archibald Donaghy, 61, followed the child as she walked home and gave her £2 to “buy herself something”.

The next day, he waited on her walking to school and gave her a plastic tub containing a bottle of juice, more money and the note saying, “Have a good day at school beautiful”, .

He then walked alongside her and asked to cuddle her.

Donaghy – a stranger to the girl – twice invited her into his car on her way home that day but, terrified, she ran home and told her mum.

He pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to stalking her on various occasions between March 14 and 15 in the city’s Calton and Dennistoun area.

Jailing Donaghy for 20 months, Sheriff Paul Crozier told him: “Your conduct on March 14 and 15 was terrifying.

“Your conduct towards her, as accepted by you in tendering your plea, has caused her great upset.

“Thankfully she had the good sense to run away.”

The sheriff added: “You are a danger, Mr Donaghy, so far as I am concerned, to young children.”

Donaghy was given a five-year non-harassment order and put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

He was filmed on CCTV in the area and police detained him at his house.

During his police interview, he made “relevant admissions” and was charged.

He said: “I’m innocent, I’ve done nothing wrong.”