A FACEBOOK post about a young Dingwall man caught downloading child pornography was to land him back in court for having sexual relations with underage girls.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard how Liam Mackay was convicted on internet pornography offences in October 2016 and he was placed on a community payback order.
Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood was told ?at Inverness Sheriff Court when this ?happened the aunt of one of the girls saw the Facebook post and drew her attention to it and asked if she knew of Mackay because they came from the same area.
Depute fiscal Roderick Urquhart said: "Her niece immediately became pale, tears welled up in her eyes and she ran from the room, going upstairs where her aunt could hear here vomiting."
The fiscal said the girl later told the girl that she had intercourse with Mackay when she had been about 14 years old and he was about 20.
"She said she did not wish to contact the police at this time but after speaking with her mother she changed her mind and reported the matter," the fiscal said.
The fiscal said the girl explained that at that age she and others used to frequent the Tesco supermarket in Dingwall to meet up and socialise with friends outside the premises.
"She was aged 14 at this time and was introduced to (Mackay) by another girl of the same age."
Mackay worked in Tesco and would routinely come outside and speak to the witnesses the court heard.
They then became friends on Facebook before swapping mobile phone numbers and he invited her to go out for drives in his car.
"On one occasion when she was ?staying overnight with her aunt at a friend's house in Dingwall she told her aunt she was going out with friends and would return in a few hours," the fiscal said.
"She met (Mackay) who drover her to a house elsewhere in Dingwall. This seems to have been the house of one of his friends who was away for a break in Edinburgh. There in the living room they began kissing which developed into sexual intercourse."
As a result of this investigation another girl was interviewed.
She too frequented Tescos and became friends with Mackay on Facebook.
One on occasion they met in Maggie's Wood where they began to kiss and Mackay placed her hand on his private parts and got her to engage in a sexual act with him.
"Both then left the wood and shortly thereafter ceased all communication with her," the fiscal added.
Mackay (27) of Deas Avenue, Dingwall admitted between December, 2010 and July 2011 having unlawful intercourse with a 14-year-old girl at an address in Dingwall and between August and December 2012 at Maggie's Wood engaging in a sexual act with a 14 year-old girl.
Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood said given his previous offence he was probably already on the sex offenders register but ordered him to placed on the register again and said it would probably be for a longer period.
Sentence was deferred until March 15 for background reports and Mackay's bail was continued.
Knockbreck caps school roll as numbers pressure mounts
Pressure of numbers on an Easter Ross primary school has prompted Highland Council to announce its roll will be capped.
The local authority is advising parents and carers intending to enrol their children at Knockbreck Primary School in Tain that the school roll is capped for the 2018/19 academic session, which begins in August this year.
A statement issued by Highland Council said: "Following an analysis of the school's roll forecasts and the current pressure on the school's roll, the council has taken the decision to cap or limit the school's roll and reservation of places.
"The council will do its best to accommodate all pupils in their preferred choice of school. Priority will be given to children within the school's catchment area, and then to siblings of pupils already in the school."
Teen who drove at 110mph lost control of van at roundabout
A TEENAGER who lost control of a van and ended up coming to a halt on the Tore roundabout at the weekend has appeared from custody at Inverness Sheriff Court.
Kyle Mackay (19) of Shellbay, John O'Groats admitted driving dangerously at 110mph on the A835 in a 60mph zone on Saturday, losing control of the vehicle and coming to rest on the roundabout.
He also admitted driving the van without insurance, a licence and while a passenger in the rear of the van was not in a seat or restrained by a seatbelt.
Patrick O'Dea said the vehicle belonged to Mackay's father.
Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood remanded Mackay in custody and deferred sentence for reports until March 5.
Police partner award for ?third sector body in Dingwall
Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI), based in Dingwall, won the policing partner of the year title at the annual Scottish Policing Excellence Awards.
HTSI has worked police to ensure the views and needs of Highland communities are "embedded into local planning arrangements". As a result, the Highland Outcome Improvement Plan and the Local Policing Plan are directly linked.
HTSI provides a gateway for support and advice for charities, community groups and non-profit organisations within the Highlands.
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