'Predatory' pick-up artist who targeted young Scottish women found guilty

Several clips were filmed on Glasgow's Buchanan Street
Several clips were filmed on Glasgow's Buchanan Street
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A so-called 'predatory' pick-up artist who approached "young and vulnerable" girls on Scottish streets has been found guilty and could face jail.

Adnan Ahmed was found guilty of five charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court today.

The 38-year-old, from Maryhill, approached five girls between May 2016 and November last year in Glasgow City Centre and Uddingston.

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Using the name ‘Addy A-Game’, Ahmed posted the videos on Youtube of him approaching females to teach others about how to pick up women.

The clips also included audio recorded during sex.

Ahmed was found guilty for acting in a threatening and abusive manner cause a reasonable person fear or alarm.

Police launched an investigation into his behaviour after the footage was aired by BBC's The Social earlier this year.

Police Scotland had described Ahmed's actions as “predatory behaviour”.

The court heard Ahmed approached two schoolgirls in a secluded lane in Uddingston in 2016.

They were aged 16 and 17 at the time.

The 17-year-old told jurors the father-of-one called her “pretty” and made her feel “uncomfortable.”

She added: “He asked me if I was at school and what I was doing at school.

“He was asking if I had a boyfriend and I said no.

“He asked me if I was married as I was wearing a ring but not on my wedding ring finger.

“I said no and walked away.

“He then asked for my number and wanted to know if I wanted to go for coffee - I said no.”

A 21-year-old female broke down in court when she said Ahmed followed her through Glasgow City Centre in 2016.

She was 18 years old at the time.

The woman said: “He tried to pull me close to him so he could kiss me, so I pushed him away.

“He put his hand on my cheek and other hand on my back and pulled me in.

“He just had pure lust in his eyes.”

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A 20-year-old female thought that Ahmed was playing a practical joke on her when he approached her on Buchanan Street in November last year.

She said: “He gave me a compliment and said that I looked like Kim Kardashian.

"I said: "Whatever - is this a joke?’.

“As I watch [TV show] Impractical Jokers, I thought: 'where is the cameras’."

The woman told jurors that she felt “uncomfortable” and “intimidated” by Ahmed.

She told jurors: "I think he thought it was a challenge to go out with me."

Ahmed messaged her on Instagram, but she blocked him when he called her “racist” for rejecting his advances.

Defence lawyer Donna Armstrong said: “He didn’t want to cause anyone fear or alarm.”

Ahmed has previous convictions for drink driving, domestic communication and prison a sentence contrary to the fire arms act.

Sheriff Lindsay Wood deferred sentence for reports until next month.

He told Ahmed: “These convictions were a course of criminal contact involving young girls who were effected in a variety of ways.

“Two of them were school girls and another was particularly vulnerable.

“These are of public concern.”

Ahmed has been remanded in custody.