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Man snatched seven-year-old yards from child's front door

Daniel Fewtrell, 33, was found guilty of abducting the boy in an Ayrshire town in October last year.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court: Fewtrell will be sentenced in April (file pic).
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court: Fewtrell will be sentenced in April (file pic). © STV

A man who snatched a seven-year-old boy just yards from his front door is facing jail after being convicted of abduction.

Daniel Fewtrell, 33, led his trusting victim away from safety as the child's horrified brother watched helplessly.

The older sibling, 19, had dropped the youngster off outside his front door after driving him home from a visit to his gran.

He told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court: "I texted my mum from the car to say he was there and to come down the stairs for him.

"He just walked into the close and the guy walked in behind him and as the door closed I could hear shouting and crying.

"It was my little brother and he was just crying, 'I want to go home'.

'I jumped out the car but by the time I got to the door it was shut. There was nothing I could do.'
Brother of victim

"I jumped out the car but by the time I got to the door it was shut. There was nothing I could do."

Fewtrell, who had just left a pub, had taken the boy straight out the back of the close in Galston, East Ayrshire, and made off with him.

His frantic mother ran outside and was able to track down her son's cries to a flat in the town, where she was joined outside by her husband and others.

The 39-year-old said: "I heard him shouting, 'Just let me go home. I want to see my mum and dad'."

She said the boy was "traumatised and grey" and still sobbing when Fewtrell opened the door.

Her husband, 37, said he hurried with his wife to Fewtrell's flat and heard his son crying: "I want my mummy and daddy. Let me go, I want to go home."

He added: "The man burst out the door and I said, 'What are you doing with my boy in your house?'

"You don't expect that to happen."

He said Fewtrell was bare-chested, had one sock on and one off, and was threatening him.

"He was banging his chest saying, 'Me and you bruv, skin on skin.' He was jumping about like a bouncy ball."

A jury found Fewtrell guilty by a majority of abducting the boy, offering him a cigarette and threatening or abusive behaviour in October 2018.

Sheriff Alistair Watson deferred sentence until next month for a risk assessment and background report and remanded Fewtrell in custody, where he has been since his arrest in October.

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