Scots stalker threatened to kill ex’s new boyfriend and followed his car home

A jilted businessman was spotted pursuing his love rival’s car the day after issuing a chilling threat to murder him.

Mark Craig was later spotted following his ex-partner’s car after telling her he did not approve of the man she was in a new relationship with.

Fiscal depute Emma Farmer said: “The complainer is the ex-partner of the accused.

“They had previously been in a relationship for three years.

“The day before this started the complainer moved into a new property with her new partner.

“The following day she got a call from the accused, calling her derogatory names.

“He began to threaten the complainer’s new partner, saying he was going to murder him, and that he would make the complainer’s life a living hell.

“The complainer was scared but had no contact with police.

“On 18 July the complainer was contacted by her partner advising that the accused appeared to be following him along Happyhillock Road.

“On 28 July she began a journey home and as she reached the KIngsway she observed the accused’s vehicle. She continued her journey with the accused following her.

“She felt anxious and concerned and given what had occurred previously, she contacted the police.

“He was arrested and interviewed.”

Craig, 30, from Dundee, admitted that between 13 and 28 July last year he engaged in a course of conduct which caused Charlene Duthie fear or alarm.

He admitted stalking her in various parts of the city by calling her, hurling abuse and making threats, and following her and her partner.

Solicitor Jim Laverty, defending, told Dundee Sheriff Court: “They were in a relationship for a period of time and separated and initially there was no difficulty.”

Mr Laverty said his client heard stories about the behaviour of Ms Duthie’s new partner and was concerned about the potential impact of her new relationship.

He said Craig tried to warn Ms Duthie, but she was “blase” when he brought the matter up, and accused him of being vindictive because of the new relationship.

Sheriff Alison Michie fined Craig £400.

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