September 2010

Probation for Glasgow man who filmed vulnerable runaway

A man who admitted taking indecent images of a runaway teenage boy with learning difficulties has been placed on probation for two years.

Greig Brydon, 37, took pictures and videos of the 15-year-old at his flat in Maryhill, in November last year, after plying him with alcohol.

He was caught after the teenager handed himself in as a missing person.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Brydon was placed on the sex offenders register and given 240 hours community service.

The court heard how the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was reported missing on 7 November 2009.

Brydon and his brother had been drinking in the Thistle Bar on Maryhill Road when they went out for a cigarette and spotted the teenager and started to chat to him.

Sex act

After a while, the three of them went back to Brydon’s flat to have a drink.

Brydon’s brother later left and it was then that he used his phone to film the boy performing a sex act.

The teenager left the flat sometime later and told a concierge that he was a missing person and the police were called.

He later told officers about his visit to Brydon’s flat and they carried out a search of his home.

They found his mobile phone which contained seven photos and two videos of the boy.

Brydon had also downloaded the images on to his computer.

Sheriff Robert Anthony told Brydon his behaviour was “inexplicable” and added: “This conduct will not be tolerated.”

However, Sheriff Anthony said that, because there had been no physical contact of any kind between Brydon and the boy, he felt he could deal with the case other than by a custodial sentence.