Published: 14/02/2018 15:47 - Updated: 14/02/2018 16:00

Woman bombarded ex with texts after relationship turned sour

 

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A SHERIFF has shown sympathy to a young Dornoch woman whose first real relationship ended in heartache.

Wick Sheriff Court heard that romance blossomed after Emma Rutherford met gamekeeper Malcolm McEwan. She subsequently moved into his home in the Caithness hamlet of Thrumster.

But the seven month relationship ended after Rutherford became pregnant and lost her baby and she bombarded him, unsuccessfully, with text messages and e-mails to such an extent that he complained to the police, the court heard on Tuesday.

Rutherford, 20, threatened to commit suicide if Mr McEwan didn’t reply to her. She admitted an amended charge of pestering him with the unwanted texts and voice mail and had sentence deferred.

Fiscal Fraser Matheson told the court that in the messages, sent between July 1 and October 31, last year, Rutherford told Mr McEwan that she wanted to speak to him and that she was "sick of being lied to".

Mr Matheson said he couldn’t put a figure on the unwanted messages but said they formed a clear pattern, designed to illicit some sort of response from Mr McEwan.

The fiscal said: "There was also a suggestion by Rutherford that if her calls were not returned, she might post certain things on social site Facebook, although she never did."

In his statement to Wick police, Mr McEwan said that Rutherford’s behaviour became more "intense and untenable" and it was at that point he contacted officers.

Solicitor Marc Dickson said that Rutherford met Mr McEwan after she moved north from the family home in Dornoch to take up a course at Thurso college and moved in with him.

The solicitor described it as a good relationship but went on: "Several weeks later, in the middle of July, the accused miscarried and it was from that point Mr McEwan refused to engage, in any way, with her and she found that desperately difficult. She wanted to find out why his attitude had changed. She was a fairly young woman and this had been her first proper relationship and she felt desperately hurt."

Mr Dickson said that since the episode, Rutherford had moved back into the family home at Corriane, Proncy Farm, Dornoch, and helped out there when she wasn’t working in a local hotel.

Sheriff Andrew Berry said he was satisfied that such an offence would not be repeated but made the point that it was critically important the accused didn’t incur further convictions.

The sheriff continued the case for six months to give Rutherford an opportunity to demonstrate she could behave herself. He said it would enable her to get on with the rest of her life and added: "I very much hope that things go well for you".

Sheriff Berry reserved the question of an non-harrassment order until the case is disposed of on August 15.

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