Sick beast jailed for stalk­ing school­girl

Girl’s or­deal af­ter so­cial me­dia link

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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

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