Highlands & Islands

Life sentence for man who followed Dingwall mum and son

A man who breached an order banning him from approaching children has been given a life sentence at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lloyd MacDonald, 18, was placed on a lifelong restriction order and sentenced to 14 months in prison.

The court heard that he followed a mother as she pushed her young son in a pushchair in Dingwall, Ross-shire, in March.

MacDonald was the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order at the time.

The order barred him from entering the grounds of any school, nursery, play area or public toilet, from approaching or communicating with any child, or an adult with a child, and from accessing the internet without permission.

MacDonald has two previous convictions, one which led to him being jailed for eight months and placed on the sex offenders register.

In March, he followed the mother and her child as she walked home from a shopping trip.

Public danger

MacDonald tried to talk to her and frequently stopped and stared at her and her son, causing the woman distress.

He later admitted in court to causing a breach of the peace.

Judge Lady Stacey said MacDonald was a danger to the public.

She said: "I am dealing with the whole background here and I have come to the view that there is no other suitable disposal than an order for lifelong restriction.

"It is up to the parole board when if ever you will be released. You are presenting as a danger to the public."

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