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VICTIM’S father hits out as right-wing yob is let off with community service and avoids being placed on sex offenders’ register.

FURY erupted after a right-wing yob who groomed a 13-year-old girl online before having sex with her avoided jail and a place on the sex offenders’ register.

A court heard Stephen Payne had sex with the teenager at his home after the youngster made clear to him during Facebook chat that she was under age.

But the 19-year-old was given only a community payback order after he admitted sex with a minor.

The young victim’s furious father yesterday blasted the 100-hour sentence.

He said: “I am absolutely bewildered that something of this severity gets you 100 hours’ community service and no place on the register.

“What exactly is the sex offenders’ register for? You could get a heftier punishment than this for fighting at the football.”

Local MSP Helen Eadie was also appalled by the sentence and has written to Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland to voice her concerns.

Payne – who “likes” the far-right Scottish Defence League on his Facebook page – got into online conversation with his young victim in 2011.

During their chat, she told him she was 14, although she was only 13 at the time.

She later went to his home in Rosyth, Fife, where they had sex in September 2011.

The girl’s parents found out about the incident last April and her mother contacted police, who launched an inquiry.

Payne was subsequently arrested and charged. He pled guilty after his Facebook conversation with the girl was traced.

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court on January 16, Payne admitted having sex with a minor.

But Sheriff Ian Abercrombie QC sentenced him to only a 100-hour community payback order.

The girl’s dad added: “I would like him on the register and everyone in the locality to know what kind of person is at liberty to walk the streets.”

Daily Record

From 2013

A racist firebombed an Asian-owned takeaway shop in Rosyth and then bragged about it online.

Charles Johnston wore a mask and waved a machete as he ranted online about Muslims a fortnight later and claimed he had burned down a kebab shop.

However, his identity was revealed after he blurted out his home address.

Johnston was also wearing the same hoodie as when he tried to torch the takeaway in Rosyth, an incident captured on CCTV.

He believed money being taken for kebabs was going towards terrorism.

Johnston, 20, of Tovey Road, Rosyth, admitted the offences in March but evaded justice until his arrest in October and has now finally been sentenced at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. He was jailed for four years.

Depute fiscal Alex Kirk previously told the court Johnston had gone on his bike to the takeaway after midnight, when it was closed and shuttered.

He was carrying a bottle full of petrol and had just bought a lighter from a local garage.

He said the CCTV showed him set fire to the bottle and throw it at the takeaway, filming his actions on his mobile phone.

He said: “The accused is observed holding out his mobile phone as though recording this. He then runs away, retrieving his bike and cycling away.”

Around a fortnight later, Johnston was bragging on the internet.

He said he set the kebab shop on fire and spat on a mosque.

He ranted: “I’m gonna take ISIS in my stride. I set a kebab shop on fire because halal food contributes a 2% tax. Every kebab bought contributes to terrorist organisations.”

Defence solicitor Elaine Buist said in March: “He says he doesn’t have anything against individual Muslims.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair responded: “That is what is said by just about every racist. He clearly is a racist.”

However, when he was brought back to court for sentencing, Ms Buist said, “He now admits that at the time he was holding extreme views.”

Johnston admitted that on May 18 last year at Shalimar Kebab, Queensferry Road, he wilfully set fire to the premises by setting light to a bottle containing petrol and throwing it at the premises.

The fire took effect, damaging the shutters, and the offence was aggravated by religious prejudice.

He also admitted that on June 2 last year, at his home, he uploaded a live video to an online broadcasting service, Periscope, in which he repeatedly uttered racist, offensive and abusive remarks, all whilst holding a machete with his face masked.

He further admitted that on the same day, at Sherbrooke Road, he was in possession of a lock-knife.

The Courier