Sick beast jailed for stalking schoolgirl
Girl’s ordeal after social media link
A twisted stalker who told a terrified Dumbarton schoolgirl he would stab her, rape her and attack her with acid has been jailed.
Brendan Sweeney, 24, hounded the girl – who was just 13 – calling her parents, then her headteacher pretending to be her dad.
In a chilling campaign of hate, which spanned more than two years, he created 70 fake social media profiles pretending to be her, threatened to petrol bomb her home, kill her and himself and said: “Since I can’t have you, no-one can.”
During a hearing at Paisley Sheriff Court on Friday, Sweeney was jailed for three years and nine months for charges including kissing the schoolgirl, touching her sexually and carrying out a sex act on her as well as harassing and threatening his victim.
A perverted stalker who threatened to stab and rape a Dumbarton schoolgirl has been jailed for 45 months.
Brendan Sweeney has been locked up following the two-year hate campaign which saw him hound her parents, and call her headteacher pretending to be her dad.
The 24-year-old was jailed at Paisley Sheriff Court on Friday for three years and nine months, backdated to November. He will also be under supervision for 12 months after his release.
Sweeney has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and has been placed on a further order restricting his internet usage for the next five years.
The court also imposed a non-harassment order for four people.
The Lennox Herald reported in February how Sweeney made contact with his victim on Instagram when she was just 13 and met up with the Dumbarton schoolgirl three times.
When he showed signs of being controlling, she tried to cut him off but he bombarded her parents and friends – also creating 70 fake social media profiles pretending to be her – threatening to petrol bomb her home, kill her and himself, saying: “Since I can’t have you, no-one can.”
At Dumbarton Sheriff Court in February, Sweeney – who was in custody at Low Moss jail – admitted kissing the schoolgirl, touching her sexually and carrying out a sex act on her as well as harassing and threatening his victim.
Procurator fiscal depute Martina McGuigan told during that hearing how Sweeney claimed to be 17 to the schoolgirl.
They first met in May 2017 at Dumbarton Central railway station and the girl “knew Sweeney was older than 17” but didn’t challenge him.
Sweeney and the girl met again at Dumbarton East railway station before going on to the Empire Cinema in Clydebank.
The court heard how Sweeney was touching the girl intimately before she told him to stop “because he was hurting her”.
A similar incident happened a few weeks later when the court heard the girl made excuses to leave. The girl later messaged Sweeney to break up with him.
But the court heard that Sweeney “threatened to harm and kill himself if he couldn’t have her” and “sent messages threatening to kill her, burn her house down and throw acid at her”.
Sweeney also made contact with the girl’s classmates and goaded her into sending him pictures of herself.
She told her parents what had been happening and they told her to message Sweeney telling him not to contact her again.
Sweeney, who was blocked from her social media accounts and phone, then began calling the girl’s house. The court heard how Sweeney also sent her parents several threatening messages.
The fiscal depute said: “Examples include: ‘I will have your daughter took away and raped. All I want to do is apologise to her. Get her to unblock me. I will delete those pictures if I can apologise to her. Your daughter was nothing special. She was an easy s***. I will petrol bomb your house with your s*** daughter inside’.”
The court further heard how Sweeney tried to contact the girl’s friend through Instagram and in messages for the victim said “you’re still getting stabbed and now it’s going to be 100 times worse. I will be loving it when you are dying. Since I can’t have you, no-one can”.
The campaign of hate came to a head on November 4 last year when the girl’s headteacher received a call at 11.55am from “a male identifying himself as the girl’s father”.
Sweeney said he had lost his phone and was looking for the school to give him her contact details.
The headteacher called the girl’s mother who contacted police.
Ahead of his sentencing Sheriff William Gallacher told Sweeney in February: “These offences are insidious, unpleasant and entirely unacceptable.
“You potentially pose a very significant risk to other people.”
Since I can’t have you, no-one can
Hearing Paisley Sheriff Court
Hate campaign The girl met her stalker on social media