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Kidnap-bid lorry driver is guilty

PUBLISHED: 15:15 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

A LORRY driver faces jail after he admitted dragging a 12-year-old girl into an isolated spot in a bid to sexually assault her. Stephen Mackay, 48, of Avondale, Ash Vale, Aldershot, admitted a charge of kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence in Br

A LORRY driver faces jail after he admitted dragging a 12-year-old girl into an isolated spot in a bid to sexually assault her.

Stephen Mackay, 48, of Avondale, Ash Vale, Aldershot, admitted a charge of kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence in Bromley on July 14.

Prosecuting, Andrew Ramsubagh said the girl had just taken her younger brother to school and was walking down Freelands Road, Bromley, when Mackay spoke to her. He said: "At first, she thought nothing of it and simply continued to cross the road.But she noticed he was following her. She stopped, believing he may have required directions, and she returned to the junction where she had first seen him.

"He grabbed her right wrist and led her down a country lane.

"He said to her: 'You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen' and kissed her on the cheek. She immediately wiped it off." He asked her if she had a boyfriend and when she said no he asked her if she wanted one. She tried to get away but he grabbed her in a bear hug and forcibly manhandled her down the lane, 50 metres off the road, near a wooded area. He told her: "I'm not going to hurt you," and unzipped his trousers before carrying out a sexual assault, the court heard.

Defence lawyer John Cammegh said: "His desire was merely to frighten her, having, in his words, been rejected by her." She was able to run away and police were called after her mother found her at home, crying uncontrollably. Mackay was traced after the details were broadcast on television's Crimewatch and he was arrested in Aldershot.

Judge Warwick McKinnon ordered a psychiatric report to be prepared on Mackay, who was remanded in custody until sentencing on January 22.

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