Prosecuting Mr Colin Cleugh read a letter he said the boy had handed to the shopkeeper. It said: “I know what you are and want you to do with me. You are a homosexual. If you don’t want me to tell the police put £10 in an envelope. What’s £10 to five years away?”
The letter, he said, referred to an incident at a shop where the boy had worked, when “the man very foolishly placed his hand on the boy’s trousers – nothing more.”
Mr Ronald Kentisbeer, defending, said the letter was the act of a ;‘young, frightened boy”. An older person would have acted differently.
The case was adjourned for reports.