A TEENAGER who was facing court action for having sex with a 13-year-old girl threatened to end his own life by jumping off a bridge, a court has heard.
Glen McGillivray, 19, was seen standing on the edge of a bridge in his home town of Hawick after he was arrested for having unlawful sexual intercourse with the girl in April last year.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard on Tuesday how McGillivray had to be talked down from the edge of the water crossing by concerned friends.
The story emerged after a hearing in which McGillivray, now of Peebles, pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with the schoolgirl, who cannot be named for legal reasons. Depute procurator fiscal Isobel Clark told the court that McGillivray formed a relationship with the girl after befriending her on Facebook.
Ms Clark revealed that the pair had sex on two occasions on April 23 and April 25 last year.
Sheriff William Holligan heard that police arrested McGillivray shortly afterwards – and he then tried to end his own life.
Defence advocate Matt Jackson told the court that his client had learning disabilities and that he would explain the reasons behind his behaviour at a future court hearing.
Sheriff Holligan deferred sentence on McGillivray for reports. He is due to be sentenced on October 23.