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Thursday court round-up — Dundee paedophiles and police pursuit

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Twisted teenager Logan Summers, who targeted Dundee schoolgirls to brag about raping a child and encourage them to join him in abusing youngsters, has been detained for 18 months.

Summers sent child abuse images to random youngsters after identifying them as living in the same city he did.

The 19-year-old spent months on SnapChat, under the username “DundeeShock”, to target innocent victims.

Summers, Balerno Place, Dundee, admitted sending messages and images relating to the abuse of children to a female teenager on February 10 2019.

Summers admitted that on Valentine’s Day 2019, he sent explicit child abuse images to another girl and told her she should sexually abuse a child.

Also in February 2019, he admitted sending a picture of an adult female with a naked male child to a 15-year-old stranger.

The complainer did not report the image but screenshotted it and put it on Facebook, where it was discovered.

He admitted that on February 28 2019 he messaged another 15-year-old girl and boasted about a previous occasion when he had raped a child.

Summers also admitted trying to groom a 12-year-old girl on June 9 2019 by sending her a picture of a naked penis.

He admitted a further charge of distributing child abuse material and of having an illicit mobile phone when he had been released on bail with a special condition not to.

Twisted Dundee teenager bragged about raping baby to random schoolgirls

Sentencing him to 18 months in prison, Sheriff Paul Brown said: “These are extremely serious offences.

“It is difficult to see how someone your age could have committed these offences in this way.

“Given the gravity of these offences I see no alternative to custody.”

Summers was also placed on the Sex Offenders register for a decade.

‘Get another line of work.’

A career criminal caught trying to raid a Perth hotel was urged by a sheriff: “Get yourself another line of work – you’re really bad at this.” Steven Flynn was found chilling out behind the reception desk of the Leonardo Boutique Hotel at Huntingtower, where he had been foiled in his attempts to steal. He told police the chair had looked “comfy”.

Steven Flynn appeared from custody at Perth Sheriff Court.
Steven Flynn appeared from custody at Perth Sheriff Court.

Registration breach

A Dundee paedophile has been handed an alternative to a prison sentence after failing to comply with his notification requirements.

Steven Griffin is on the Sex Offenders Register and admitted that between June 2019 and February 2021, he failed to notify police of his address at Elders Court in Dundee’s Lochee area within a seven-day period.

At Dundee Sheriff Court Sheriff Paul Brown told him: “It’s a serious matter.

“You’ve crossed the threshold for custody.

“You have to be careful going forward.”

Steven Griffin.

The sheriff placed him on a restriction of liberty order, forcing Griffin to stay in his home between 7pm and 7am for seven months.

He was also placed under supervision for a year.

“It is an alternative to custody,” Sheriff Brown added.

Corporal punishment

Leuchars-based army officer Apolosi Sokia must pay back £9,000 his former partner spent on him as he subjected her to a 30-month-long campaign of abuse. He manipulated the woman by “allowing” her to provide him with large sums of money and induced her to pay for items on his behalf. He admitted a domestically-aggravated offence.

Army officer Apolosi Sokia at Stirling Sheriff Court.

Police pursuit

A motorcyclist led police on a “dangerous” high speed chase through a Perth neighbourhood.

Officers were ordered to stop pursuing Brian Thomson when he rode onto a busy riverside footpath, forcing walkers to jump out of his way.

The 23-year-old appeared at Perth Sheriff Court and admitted driving his black Yamaha cycle dangerously and without insurance along Uist Place, Bute Drive and a River Tay path between Arran Road and Gilsay Place on April 16.

Fiscal depute David Currie said pursuing police pursuit reached 60mph without making ground on Thomson.

When he rode onto the footpath, police control room bosses did not authorise for the pursuit to continue, said the fiscal depute.

When he was later traced, he said: “It was me. I’m sorry.”

Thomson, of Uist Place, was placed on supervision and banned from driving for a year.

Baileys-fuelled destruction

A drunk driver smashed into six of her neighbours’ cars in Perth after downing a bottle-and-a-half of Baileys. Maria Mills left a trail of destruction, before being tackled to the ground by residents when she tried to drive away in her battered Chevrolet Captiva.

Maria Mills.