Man avoids jail over girl sex offences

Keith Beverage was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

Keith Beverage was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

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A Motherwell man who stalked primary school age girls and sexually assaulted one of the youngsters has avoided a jail sentence.

Keith Beverage was instead given a community payback order at Hamilton Sheriff Court and will be supervised closely for two years.

Beverage (33), formerly of Glen Tower and now Logans Road, must also carry out 250 hours of unpaid community work within 12 months and will be on the sex offenders’ register for two years.

He was found guilty after trial of placing his hand under the clothing of a girl aged nine and touching her body. The assault happened at Woodside Tower, Motherwell, on October 6.

Beverage was also convicted of following the girl and two other girls, aged five and eight, “behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner”, making gestures towards them and putting up his hands in a bid to stop the youngest girl.

He was cleared of sexually assaulting the five-year-old.

Beverage, who had denied the charges, was told by Sheriff Thomas Millar that the community payback order was an alternative to a prison sentence and was warned he must comply with the conditions.