May 2019: Handed a community payback order

March 2019

Fife man caught by paedophile hunter group admits his guilt

A Thornton man has admitted sending sexual messages to what he believed was a 14-yearold schoolgirl.

John Zamlynny was actually communicating with a member of a paedophile hunter group called Groom Resisters Scotland, who had set up a fake profile.

The 75-year-old repeatedly sent sexual messages to a girl he believed was called Alanna after making contact with her on a website called Chatiw.

Despite being told that the profile allegedly belonged to a 14-year-old, he shared his mobile phone number with the ‘girl’ and the “seedy messages” continued on Whatsapp.

A sting was arranged by the hunter group, who travelled to Zamlynny’s home village of Thornton.

When he failed to appear at the meeting point, members of the group carried out inquiries in the local area before finding his address.

They went to the property on Willowbank Close but found that the man was not at home.

Members of the public gathered in the area after seeing the live stream on Facebook.

Depute fiscal Catherine Fraser explained that Zamlynny was eventually traced and was assaulted by a local resident.

Police were contacted and the pensioner was taken into custody.

The court was told that while he gave no comment during his interview, he later told his wife: “It’s ‘cause I’m bored when you’re at work.”

Defence solicitor David Bell asked for background reports to be carried out. Sentence was deferred until May 1 and the sheriff postponed placing Zamlynny on the sex offenders register.