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Aberdeen red light district loitering councillor fined

Gordon Leslie [Pic: Aberdeen City Council]
Image caption Gordon Leslie earlier stood down as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Aberdeen Donside

An Aberdeen councillor who admitted loitering in Aberdeen's red light district has been fined.

Gordon Leslie, 65, had stood down as the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for the Aberdeen Donside constituency in February, when charges emerged.

The Bridge of Don representative originally faced allegations of soliciting prostitutes.

First offender Leslie instead admitted loitering and was fined £200 at Aberdeen Justice of the Peace Court.

BBC Scotland revealed earier this year that the candidate for the redrawn Scottish Parliament constituency, formerly Aberdeen North, had stood down after being charged with offences related to prostitution.

Fiscal depute Hayley Green, prosecuting, said Leslie could give no explanation to police for why he was driving in the area of Commerce Street.

Ms Green said: "He was then asked if he was aware that it was a red light district, to which he replied 'yes'."

Defence lawyer Stuart Beveridge said: "He is very embarrassed to find himself in the situation that he was in."

Leslie declined to comment after the case.

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