Glasgow & West Scotland

Man admits getting girl pregnant while wife was expecting

A man who got a 13-year-old girl pregnant while his wife was expecting their child has pleaded guilty to having sex with a child.

Harpreet Padda, 39, had sex with the teenager at a house in Greenock, Inverclyde, in July 2014.

The Indian national, who is in the UK illegally, tried to flee after giving a DNA test but was taken off a flight by police in London in July last year.

Sentence on Padda was deferred and he was remanded in custody

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the bus driver knew the girl and her family.

The teenager was described as "vulnerable", but appeared to get on well with Padda.

Prosecutor Angela Gray told the court that the girl's mother took her to a GP in February last year as she was being sick.

It was discovered the child was 30 weeks pregnant but she refused to say who the father was.

Paternity test

The girl went on to give birth in April 2015. Padda remained silent and his wife had their child a short time later.

When police were called in, Padda gave a DNA sample in late June 2015.

Ms Gray told the court: "A few days after - but before the result of the paternity test - Padda told family in Greenock he was leaving for India.

"He claimed that his mother was ill. The test subsequently confirmed Padda was the father of the baby."

In July last year, Padda was taken off a flight by police at Heathrow Airport.

The girl later revealed Padda had sex with her once. She was said to be "very distressed" during the police interview.

Padda, now of Middlesex, will be sentenced in August.

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