Published: 12/02/2016 17:15 - Updated: 12/02/2016 16:51

Curler groped woman during match to distract opponents

Incident happened during curling match.
Incident happened during curling match.

A farmer who groped a fellow female curler to distract an opponent during the final moments of a curling match at Inverness ice centre has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

George Elder insisted during his trial at Inverness Sheriff Court last month that he had only wrapped his arm around the woman, but was found guilty of sexually assaulting her.

Sentence had been deferred until today for background reports on the 63-year-old, of Barleymill Farm, Brodie, near Forres who the court had heard grabbed the woman’s breast during the bonspiel at the ice centre last February.

His victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told Sheriff Chris Dickson that Elder had fondled her in an apparent attempt to distract his opponents and win the match.

Today, solicitor John McColl told Sheriff Dickson that Elder was married and had no previous convictions.

He said the case had gone to trial and Elder had no choice but to accept responsibility.

A report indicated there was no risk of him re-offending.

Sheriff Dickson said it was clearly ‘an unpleasant and upsetting incident’.

He placed Elder under supervision for six months on the Sex Offenders Register for the duration of that period.

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