Sex pest’s ‘disgusting’ phone calls

A sex offender telephoned a 67-year-old stranger and made sexually explicit remarks to her, Jedburgh Sheriff Court has been told.

Paul Devins, 42, of Sandbed, chose the pensioner’s number at random and after asking to a speak to a woman called Debbie to get the woman talking, he made inappropriate comments about his manhood.

The OAP, who suffers from ill health and lives 80 miles away from Devins in Glasgow, told him he was disgusting and hung up. She reported the matter to her nephew who tracked Devins’ mobile phone number and warned him not to contact her again.

However, the following night Devins again contacted the woman leaving six messages although none were of a sexual nature.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said Devins sent messages asking if she was alone and would sign off with an ‘x’ which is a sign of affection. The alarmed woman again told her nephew who contacted the police.

Devins, who is already subject to a two-year sexual offences order, pleaded guilty to sending text messages of a sexual nature and making inappropriate remarks from his home on April 17 and 18 last year.

When interviewed by police, he said he was drunk when he phoned that number, and thought he was being funny.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said his client had learning difficulties.

Sentence was deferred until May 30 for background reports and Devins was put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.