Re­tired doc­tor ‘a dan­ger to the pub­lic’

West Lothian Courier - - News - Court reporter

A sher­iff has branded a re­tired GP who watched porn in front of shocked fe­males in a Chinese restau­rant ‘a dan­ger to the pub­lic’.

Sher­iff Martin Ed­ing­ton re­manded Brian Dunn (74), of Ayr, in cus­tody af­ter hear­ing the re­tired GP had been con­victed of an iden­ti­cal of­fence last year.

Dunn pled guilty to in­ten­tion­ally en­gag­ing in sexual ac­tiv­ity in the women’s pres­ence at The Phoenix Restau­rant in Lady­well, Liv­ingston, on April 25 this year.

The per­vert watched a porno­graphic film on his mo­bile phone with the sound turned off and touched his gen­i­tals over his cloth­ing in front of the two fe­males , Liv­ingston Sher­iff Court was told.

The re­tired doc­tor also pled guilty to stalk­ing his for­mer part­ner at her home in Liv­ingston over a seven-month pe­riod by bom­bard­ing her with un­wanted phone calls and send­ing her sex­u­ally abu­sive texts.

The court was told he left a string of crude mes­sages and threat­ened to rape her as well as her mother and her daugh­ter.

It was the sec­ond time Dunn, of Seafield, Ayr, had been con­victed of a sexual of­fence. He was given a com­mu­nity sen­tence last Novem­ber af­ter plead­ing guilty to view­ing porn in an­other Chinese restau­rant and mak­ing sexual re­marks to teenage girls.

The creep brazenly looked at X-rated images on his mo­bile phone as he tucked into food at Ruby 7 Days in New Bridge Street, Ayr, on July 1 and Au­gust 6 last year.

Paul Haran, defending, said it was very un­usual for some­one to be pros­e­cuted at the age of 74 af­ter be­ing a law-abid­ing cit­i­zen all his life.

He de­scribed Dunn as a ‘very in­tel­li­gent man ’who had worked as a GP in Scot­land and prac­tised medicine over­seas be­fore retiring to Ayr in 2017.

Sher­iff Ed­ing­ton called for back­ground re­ports and an as­sess­ment of Dunn’s suit­abil­ity for un­paid work and a re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der.

He told the ac­cused that his name was be­ing added to the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for a sec­ond time for the new of­fence.

He added: “Be­cause of two very se­ri­ous new com­plaints to­day al­lied to a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion which is also very se­ri­ous and is anal­o­gous to one to­day, I’ve come to the con­clu­sion that the com­mu­nity pay­back or­der isn’t work­ing and that you are in fact a dan­ger to the pub­lic with this be­hav­iour.

“Your bail is re­voked and you will be re­manded in cus­tody.”

Dunn will be sen­tenced later.

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