Sex register for Fisher Avenue man

A Hawick man has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for two years.

Christopher Skeffington, 39, of Fisher Avenue, denied sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in Kelso last year, but was found guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Defending, Rory Bannerman said his client was at limited risk of sexual offending. He added:“The level of alcohol intoxication was clearly the factor which caused him to act in this one-off way. He needs to deal with his alcohol misuse, and has lessened his intake over the past few months.”

Sheriff Peter Paterson also sentenced Skeffington to two years’ supervision, warning him this was a direct alternative to prison.