Glasgow & West Scotland

Mobile photo snares sex attackers Callum MacDonald and Kyle Cannell

Two teenagers who took part in an indecent assault on a student were caught after they took a photo of the attack on their victim's mobile phone.

Callum MacDonald, 16, and Kyle Cannell, 18, attacked the 17-year-old boy at a flat in Glasgow in January last year.

A picture of a knife being held to the boy's throat was later shown to police.

Cannell was placed on probation for his part in the attack. Sentence on MacDonald was deferred and he was placed on the sex offenders' register.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the attack happened at a flat in the city's Argyle Street on 4 January last year.

'Quite protective'

Prosecutor Alan MacKay said Cannell knew the victim and had been "quite protective" of him.

The two accused were at the flat with him when their behaviour became "erratic and worrying" for the teenager.

The victim's mobile phone was taken off him before Cannell held a penknife at the 17-year-old's throat.

The court heard MacDonald then took a picture of this on the phone.

Mr MacKay told how the victim was threatened and left "scared" at what was happening.

The humiliated teenager was then indecently assaulted and told the pair he wanted to go home.

They apologised to the boy, who went to his house and immediately had a shower.

The victim told classmates the next day what had gone on and he eventually showed the photo on his phone to a lecturer.

The attack was later reported to the police before MacDonald, of Argyle Street, and Cannell, of Troon, Ayrshire, were detained.

Cannell admitted to his part in the assault last December, but the case could not be reported on until now.

Lord Tyre continued MacDonald's bail until sentencing later this month and told him: "You have pled guilty to what is a very serious and disturbing offence.

"I do warn you that I am considering a sentence of detention meantime. You should not assume what happened to your co-accused will happen to you."

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