Stalker launched bake bean attack on former partner

SENTENCE WAS DEFERRED on a Moray man who submitted a guilty plea at Elgin Sheriff Court this week to stalking his ex-partner over a five-month period.

Jamie Barclay of Manitoba Avenue in Elgin appeared before Sheriff James Hendry after a weekend incident that resulted in his attacking his ex’s car with a tin of beans.

The court heard that the couple’s two-year relationship ended in August last year – but Barclay, 45, was unwilling to break contact and regularly visited his former partner at her home and place of work.

Fiscal depute Ruairidh McAlister told the court that when Barclay’s former partner Lisa McWilliam left work last Saturday the accused was standing in front of her car with his dog. After he threw the tin of beans at her car she reversed to get away.

In Barclay’s defence his solicitor Stephen Carty explained his behaviour was “very much out of character”, adding that his client had been suffering from health problems.

Sheriff Hendry told Barclay that his behaviour “caused some concern and in fairness to you I think you acknowledge that”, adding: “Your current health difficulties may have contributed to your thought process relating to this matter.

“In all the circumstances I will defer sentence on you for six months.”