A UNIVERSITY graduate who made comments of a sexual nature to a 15-year-old girl in a Galashiels superstore has been ordered to pay a total of £1,000 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Twenty four year old Mohammed Pervez - who is now studying for a textiles doctorate at Heriot Watt University in Galashiels - was found guilty after a trial of the offence which happened in the Asda store in Currie Road on December 16.

During the trial the girl told how Pervez engaged in a conversation with her in the store and asked her questions such as did she have a boyfriend, would she go back to his flat with him, would she like to have sex with him and would she like to use a condom.

After hearing what Pervez was saying the teenager ran off and told her mother what had been said.

Pervez of Sime Place, Galashiels, told the trial he thought the girl was 18 years old.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said it was a bizarre set of circumstances.

But his client accepted he should not be approaching anyone and having a similar discussion, let alone someone of this age.

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre fined Pervey £750 and ordered that he should pay £250 in compensation to the schoolgirl.