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Probe over diesel theft


A TEENAGE sex attacker was caught on camera raping a girl in a Helensburg­h street.

Matthew Mundie preyed on the young victim on April 4, 2022.

A shocked passer-by found the now 19 year-old having sex on the pavement with the girl - an underage teenager who had also been drinking that day.

Prosecutor Eilidh Robertson told the High Court in Glasgow that the witness flagged down a police car, which turned out to be occupied by Ministry of Defence officers.

Mundie was eventually arrested - and is now behind bars awaiting sentence for the crime.

Miss Robertson added: “He denied having sex or even having kissed the girl.”

The victim meantime had no recollecti­on of what occurred.

But, it emerged what happened had been filmed on mobile phones by others and shared locally.

Judge Scott Pattison was shown the footage by Miss Robertson.

The court heard the recording had a “devastatin­g effect” on the girl, who was left “upset and embarrasse­d”. Mundie was charged and later bailed by a sheriff on May 26, 2022.

But, on September 26 of that year, he flouted the terms of the bail order by contacting the girl and later having sex with her near a primary school in Helensburg­h.

The girl’s teacher went on to learn what had happened and police were alerted.

Mundie, formerly of Helensburg­h, pleaded guilty in court to a single charge of rape and two charges of having sex with an older child.

Edith Forrest, defending, said her client had since moved to Newcastle and had been working in a local supermarke­t there.

The advocate added: “I do make a motion to continue bail. He is acutely aware that a custodial sentence will be at the forefront of the court’s mind.”

Judge Pattison deferred sentencing for reports until later this month.

He told Mundie: “Due to the gravity of the offending, you will now be remanded in custody.”

AN investigat­ion has been launched after red diesel was stolen from a housebreak­ing.

The theft on February 8 saw a quantity of red diesel stolen from The Boatyard in Tarbet.

Police are now appealing for informatio­n from members of the public.

Anyone who can help police with their enquiries is asked to contact PC Gill at Helensburg­h Police office on 101.

In 2022 the UK Government changed the law on red diesel,also known as ‘rebated fuel’, to remove the entitlemen­t to use it in offroad vehicles and machines.

Since then its use has been limited to certain types of vehicles, machines, and appliances when the fuel is used for specific purposes only, generally relating to the use of vehicles off the public road.

It’s the responsibi­lity of the vehicle’s operator to check whether they are permitted to use red diesel.

 ?? ?? Mundie admitted the charge at the High Court in Glasgow Image: Newsquest
Mundie admitted the charge at the High Court in Glasgow Image: Newsquest
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