November 2019

Car sex act pervert escapes jail term, Perth Sheriff Court hears

A sleazy sexual predator, said to be at “high risk” of re-offending, was spared a jail sentence at Perth Sheriff Court this week.

Twenty-eight-year-old father-of-two Waqas Mahmood, who carried out a sex act on himself in his car – witnessed by two teenage Perth schoolgirls – was ordered to carry out 280 hours of unpaid work as a “direct alternative” to time behind bars.

He will also be supervised by a social worker for three years and his name will remain on the sex offenders’ register during that time.

The accused, formerly of Muirend Road, Perth, also exposed himself to another teenage schoolgirl just five days later.

The court was told on Wednesday that Mahmood, who now lives in the Bury area, still maintained his innocence, claiming it was a case of “mistaken identity.”

But imposing the community payback order on Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told him: “When the jury came back with their unanimous guilty verdicts, it didn’t surprise me in the slightest in the light of the evidence I heard

“You appear before me as a first offender and, accordingly have the protection that that gives you.

“In the circumstances, I am satisfied that having regard to the nature of the offence – and the lack of record – that I can deal with matters by way of a direct alternative.”

A solicitor for the accused said he and his family had moved south of the border to be near his wife’s mother, who has health issues.

His wife also “struggles to walk,” according to the lawyer, and the court was told previously that Mahmood was the “main carer” for her.

Mahmood was convicted by a jury in April of intentionally exposing himself to three teenage girls – two aged 13 and a 15-year-old – near Perth Academy.

He had denied that on March 22, 2018, at Viewlands Road, Perth, he engaged in sexual activity in the presence of two 13-year-old schoolgirls.

The court was told that he called them over to ask for directions but they saw him carrying out a sex act on himself as he sat in a black BMW.

His sleazy behaviour continued when he exposed himself to another teenage schoolgirl just five days later – on March 27.

That incident took place in Viewlands Road West, Perth, when he intentionally exposed his genitals to a 15-year-old.

May 2019

Sex offender who drove around Perth schools to target children begs sheriff not to jail him

A sex pest who drove around schools to target children has begged a sheriff not to jail him because his wife needs him.

Waqas Mahmood walked free from court after persuading the sheriff to order a medical report on his wife before he is sentenced.

Mahmood, who repeatedly searched for children to expose himself to, claimed he was his wife’s carer.

Perth Sheriff Court was told Mahmood still denied responsibility but Sheriff Lindsay Foulis backed the jury’s decision to find him guilty of two charges of a sexual nature.

“He denies responsibility for the offences in circumstances where I would have to say the verdict of the jury came as no surprise to me,” the sheriff said.

Mahmood claimed he had been the victim of mistaken identity, but the jury heard his DNA was found on items within the car.

The 28-year-old called girls aged 13 and older to his car to “ask for directions” but as they approached they could see he was carrying out a sex act.

The jury heard Mahmood had parked close to a secondary school in Perth and was found behaving in a similar way in a neighbouring street five days later.

They found him guilty of two sexual offences and he was placed on the sex offenders register. Sheriff Foulis deferred sentence.

Mahmood, of Muirend Road, Perth, was found guilty of carrying out a sex act in front of two 13-year-old girls in Viewlands Road, Perth, on March 22 last year, and of exposing himself to a 15-year-old girl in Viewlands Road West on March 27.

April 2019

Sex act car pervert stalked schoolgirls, Perth Sheriff Court hears

A sexual predator intentionally exposed himself to three girls – two aged 13 and a 15-year-old – after “meandering” in a black BMW near a school.

Waqas Mahmood (28) also carried out a sex act on himself in front of the two younger victims just a short distance from Perth Academy.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson, told Perth Sheriff Court: “He’s a man just unable to control himself in the presence of teenage girls.”

And she added in her summing up to a jury: “He drives round the streets of Perth for young girls to expose himself to – for his own sexual gratification.”

The jury of eight women and seven men took just over half-an-hour to unanimously convict the accused, of Muirend Road, Perth, of the two charges he faced on indictment.

A young woman in the public gallery sobbed as the foreman of the jury read out their verdicts.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis added Mahmood’s name to the sex offenders’ register and called for background reports before passing sentence on May 15.

Defence lawyer Peter Mullen will give his plea in mitigation then.

Mahmood had denied that on March 22, 2018, at Viewlands Road, he engaged in sexual activity in the presence of the two schoolgirls, who were both 13 at the time.

But he was convicted of touching and masturbating his penis and intentionally exposing his genitals in a sexual manner to them, with the intention that they would see them.

The charge indicated he did that for the “purpose of sexual gratification” and that he exposed his erect penis to both youngsters.

The sleazy behaviour of the accused continued when he exposed himself to a second teenage schoolgirl just five days later – on March 27.

That incident took place in Viewlands Road West, Perth, when he intentionally exposed his genitals and erect penis to the 15-year-old.

None of the victims can be named for legal reasons.

The two 13-year-old girls were called over by the driver of a car asking for directions.

He was parked near a care home in Viewlands Road and the passenger’s window was down.

“My friend went to the window…then we realised what he was doing,” explained the first girl.

“He was playing with himself. He was touching his penis with his hand. He was looking all about the place while he was playing with himself. He was looking at both of us. I felt weird after I had seen that. I told my guidance teacher and she phoned the police.”

Her friend, also 13 at the time, said: “He was looking at me while he was touching his private parts.

“His penis was erect. I didn’t feel good – I felt uncomfortable after this happened.”

A forensic scientist said the jogging bottoms worn by the accused on the day he was arrested by police contained “traces of semen” on the inside of the crotch/waist area.

Some of the tissues recovered from the car he had been driving also contained traces of semen.

A DNA profile obtained was compared to a DNA swab taken from the accused and it matched his profile.

Cross-examined by Mr Mullen, the expert witness agreed that there were “limitations” to DNA evidence.

He couldn’t tell when the DNA had been transferred onto the tissues or if it had been transferred at a different location to where the tissues were recovered.

In his summing-up, the defence lawyer said the standard of the evidence presented by the Crown “falls below” that which would entitle the jury to convict his client “beyond reasonable doubt.”

Mahmood exercised his legal right not to go into the witness box but had given a statement to police after his arrest.

“You have heard his version of events from the police interview and, if you accept that, you must acquit him,” stated the lawyer.

But the jury rejected Mahmood’s account and he will discover his fate next month. He had his bail continued meantime.