Glasgow & West Scotland

Christopher Morrison admits Asda sex attack on boy

Asda in Clydebank
Image caption The assault happened at the Asda store in Britannia Way in Clydebank

A man has admitted sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy in a supermarket toilet in West Dunbartonshire.

Christopher Morrison, 20, from Elderslie, attacked the child at the Asda store in Britannia Way, Clydebank, on 18 September.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the boy went to the toilet alone while in the store with his mother and grandmother.

Sentence on Morrison was deferred and he was remanded in custody. He was also placed on the sex offenders register.

Prosecutor Bruce Erroch told the court how the boy had been out with his mother and grandmother at the Asda when he went alone to the toilet.

Boy warned

Morrison was already there and soon approached the four-year-old.

Mr Erroch said: "He did not say anything, but he (Morrison) put his finger to his own mouth as if to be quiet."

The boy was indecently assaulted before Morrison was seen hurrying away from the scene.

The child then told his mother what had gone on, claiming "a man" had done something to him.

The woman alerted staff before police launched a high-profile appeal to catch the attacker.

Officers scoured the store's CCTV footage and eventually Morrison, of Elderslie, Renfrewshire, was traced.

His DNA was found on the boy, but when questioned about the attack, Morrison made no admissions.

Police at the time said it had taken a full day to interview the child after his ordeal.

But, Det Insp Graham Cordner added: "The wee boy is fine. He's thankfully un-injured and he is safe with his mother."

Judge Lord Bracadale remanded Morrison in custody and deferred sentencing for reports until next month.

The judge was told a victim impact statement had been completed by the boy's mother, but the court did not hear details of what it contained.

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