A young badminton star who forced unwanted attention on two women has been punished for his “stupidity.”
Craig Pollock, a former Scottish doubles champion, was fined £200 when he appeared for sentencing at Haddington Sheriff Court last week.
Sheriff Peter Braid accepted that the 21-year-old had not intended malice or “anything more sinister” when he followed women on two separate occasions.
Pollock, 25 Kings Park, Longniddry, had previously admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner on July 29 and October 7 last year.
On the first occasion, at Craigielaw Cottages, Aberlady, the former Preston Lodge pupil followed Wendy Isaac and made an appropriate comment to her.
The second offence took place on the roadway between Gullane and Aberlady when he followed Jennifer Hartt and stared at her in an inappropriate way.
Sentence on Pollock, a first offender, was deferred for good behaviour and background reports.
Asking the court to admonish her client, solicitor Mary Moultrie said it was clear from the reports that the offence had had an “extremely high impact” on the accused and there was virtually no risk of him reoffending.
As a Scottish badminton champion, involved in the training of young people, she pointed out that he was someone who contributed to society.
Suggesting the court process itself had been punishment enough, Ms Moultrie added: “It will have a further impact for him. Having convictions of this nature will have its implications.”
Sheriff Braid admonish him for the first offence, acknowledging that the comment made was a “stupid” one.
Imposing the fine for the second offence, he told the accused: “I am prepared to accept that it was out of stupidity, rather than malice or anything more sinister. However, it must have been alarming for the complainer.”
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