A terrified schoolgirl thought she and her friend were going to be raped by a pervert who carried out a series of late-night sexual assaults against them.
Gordon McDaid cornered the girls – aged 13 and 14 – in a bedroom and subjected them to ‘weird’ questioning before attacking them during a prolonged drink-fuelled ordeal.
The 40-year-old sex offender – who was the boyfriend of the mother of one of the youngsters – pounced on them after drugging the mum, it was suggested in trial evidence.
McDaid ignored repeated requests from the frightened children for him to leave and told the younger girl: “No, I’m going to do to you what I do to your mum.”
He then proceeded to repeatedly touch her bottom before doing the same to the other girl, which saw her ending up on the floor with her jeans partially yanked down.
The incident only came to an end when the 14-year-old fought McDaid off and kicked him on his nose before the 13-year-old ran to her mum in a ‘fit of tears’, Greenock Sheriff Court was told.
Giving her evidence from behind a screen, the older girl stated: “I thought he was trying to rape us.”
She said: “I didn’t know what was going to happen – anything could have happened.”
The 13-year-old – also testifying from behind a screen – said: “My friend was proper fighting back and she went to hit him, but he still kept a grip.
“My friend fell off the bed and then kicked him on the face.
“I screamed for him to leave my room. The fear just took over me.”
McDaid, form Greenock, Inverclyde, had been dating the 13-year-old’s mum for two months after chatting to her on Facebook.
He committed the sex assaults after downing nearly a litre of vodka.
The court heard how McDaid sat on the end of a bed the schoolgirls were relaxing on and told them to do a Google search for pictures of lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone – which threw up images of the businesswoman in underwear.
He also asked personal questions of the younger girl and enquired as to both youngsters’ dress sizes.
The younger girl described the Michelle Mone Google search as ‘another level of weird’.
The bedroom attacks came following an earlier encounter with the 13-year-old after he had switched off the household wifi router in the living room – causing her and her friend to come out of the bedroom to investigate the loss of internet signal on their mobile phones.
Under questioning from prosecutor Kevin Doherty, the child said: “Gordon wanted to speak to me in the hall.”
She added: “Before I was allowed to go back into the living room he asked me for a hug.
“Then he said, ‘No, I want a proper hug’.
“He lifted me up and put my legs around his waist.
The girl told the court that McDaid held her for around 20 seconds and that the embrace became ‘more and more awkward’.
She said: “I asked repeatedly to be put down.”
She told the court: “I was violently sobbing.
“When my mum woke she was quite dopey. My worst case scenario was that she’d been drugged and that’s what’s been in my mind.
“My mum is usually quick to waken.”
The girl’s mother – who had gone to her bed alone after McDaid told her he wouldn’t be long – said: “I passed out. I never just fell asleep.”
McDaid denied administering any sedative.
The 14-year-old girl told the court: “I was terrified.
“He was above me and holding me down with one hand on my chest.
“He was trying to pull me up by the legs and my jeans started to fall down and that’s when I kicked him again – on the nose.
“I kept kicking him away.”
McDaid claimed that he couldn’t remember anything of what had happened – a position fiscal depute Mr Doherty described as ‘convenient’ for him.
However, McDaid conceded that he couldn’t dispute any of the evidence against him and, asked by Mr Doherty if the girls had told the truth, he replied: “I have to say yes.”
Sheriff Iain Fleming told McDaid: “I am satisfied without doubt of your guilt to both charges.”
Sentence on McDaid, of Mearns Street in Greenock, who sexually assaulted the girls in a flat elsewhere in the town on July 10, has been deferred until November 9 for a background report.
He has been immediately placed on the sex offenders’ register.