January 2019

Chef sent picture of his genitals to schoolgirl

A Perth hotel chef sent a Snapchat message to a 15-year-old girl – a complete stranger – showing a picture of his genitals.

It was accompanied by a caption stating: “Just for you,” Perth Sheriff Court was told.

Earlier, 31-year-old David Robinson, of South Street, had sent another Snapchat message telling the teenager it was “bath time.”

And in a separate incident four days earlier, Robinson, who was working at Perth’s Salutation Hotel at the time, sent a message to a 15-year-old boy threatening him with violence.

Identifying himself as Rocky Robinson 87, he taunted the youngster who was also an employee at a Perth hotel.

Then he stated: “Remember this, wee man, I don’t stop once I get someone on the ground.

“I finish them off – a heel through the skull.”

The accused will discover his fate on February 7 after background reports have been prepared.

His name has been added to the Sex Offenders’ Register meantime after he admitted sending the indecent image to the young female from his flat on November 6, 2017.

He also pled guilty to sending the threatening message to the teenage boy on November 2, 2017.

A not guilty plea was accepted to a further charge of repeatedly sending indecent images to a different 15-year-old girl.

He further denied that, for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification or of humiliating, distressing or alarming another teenage girl, who was initially 15, he sent a suggestive and offensive Snapchat message to her between October 15, 2017, and January 12, 2018.

Depute fiscal Michael Sweeney said that the 15-year-old boy got to know the accused, who was employed as a chef at the time, through both their works.

But there was an altercation involving the youngster and another person and the youth’s employment came to an end.

On November 2, 2017, the youngster received a message from Robinson, describing him as a “daft wee laddie.”

He told him there was “no need” to message or threaten other people as they had “nothing to do” with him getting the sack.

Robinson added: “If you really think you will last two seconds against me, I will easy meet you.”

He then made the chilling threat about crushing his skull.

The 15-year-old, who replied: “Ha, ha, ha,” had shown the message to another person and ultimately the police became involved in January of last year.

On November 6, 2017, the 15-year-old girl received the first Snapchat message referring to “bath time” and that was followed up with the image of the accused’s erect penis, along with the caption.

The girl decided not to alert her parents or the police at that time but had confided in a friend.

The police later became involved, however, on December 16, 2017.

Solicitor Paul Ralph submitted a psychiatric report on Robinson to the court and he will give his plea in mitigation next month.

Sheriff Keith Mahony called for a background report, as well as restriction of liberty order and Tay Project assessments before passing sentence.