Glasgow & West Scotland

George Brennan sentenced over secret photos of girls

A 61-year-old man who secretly took pictures of schoolgirls in a supermarket cafe has been given a two-year community payback order.

George Brennan photographed the teenagers with a digital camera from his table in Morrisons, Cambuslang.

He pleaded guilty to breaching the peace by covertly taking pictures of teenage girls without their consent.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Brennan was also placed on the sex offenders' register for two years.

Serious offence

The court heard how Brennan, from nearby Rutherglen, photographed the teenagers between the area of their knees and neck.

He was caught when others in the cafe spotted him pressing the button on the camera when a youngster walked past.

He later told police he was practising using the zoom function and was unaware he had taken photos.

Passing sentence Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell said: "Mr Brennan, this offence is serious enough to warrant the imposition of a community payback order."

As part of the order, he must also carry out 75 hours of unpaid work in the community and attend a sex offenders group.

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