In­tim­i­dat­ing love ri­val sen­tenced to un­paid work

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A Blair­gowrie woman snapped af­ter spot­ting a love ri­val in a lo­cal cafe and sat next to her, star­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner in a bid to in­tim­i­date her, Perth Sher­iff Court was told.

The in­ci­dent, which fol­lowed an ear­lier con­fronta­tion with the “other woman,” led to a fur­ther com­mu­nity pay­back or­der (CPO) be­ing im­posed.

Forty-nine-year-old Ca­rina Bruce, of Fer­gu­son Park, will have to com­plete 150 hours of un­paid work within the next six months af­ter she flouted a De­cem­ber 15, 2015, bail or­der from the Perth court.

She had been or­dered not to ap­proach or con­tact the other woman in­volved in the love tri­an­gle.

But she sat be­side her in the Cat­eran Cafe on March 9 last year and re­peat­edly ap­proached her.

In a pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent, which re­sulted in an ear­lier com­mu­nity pay­back or­der be­ing im­posed, Bruce had con­fronted the other woman af­ter dis­cov­er­ing she was in­volved in a re­la­tion­ship with her part­ner.

The ac­cused “scowled” at the other fe­male, up­set­ting her so much that she was “shak­ing” and had to go out­side for a cig­a­rette.

In a fur­ther in­ci­dent just weeks later, the ac­cused re­peat­edly tele­phoned her, in de­fi­ance of a bail or­der ban­ning her from hav­ing any con­tact.

The court was told that sev­eral of the phone calls were “si­lent”. Around 10 dif­fer­ent phone calls were made over a four-day pe­riod - but the love ri­val recog­nised the ac­cused’s number and con­tacted the po­lice.

So­lic­i­tor Jamie Bax­ter said his client had been in­volved in a re­la­tion­ship with a “third party” for around 18 months. He said: “It came to light, how­ever, that he was also in­volved si­mul­ta­ne­ously - with an­other woman. That’s what started the bad feel­ing that led to a number of un­savoury in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing re­marks and text mes­sages be­tween them.”

Mr Bax­ter said Bruce no longer went to the cafe but was still in a re­la­tion­ship with the same man.

He added: “She has given him an­other chance and has been as­sured the other re­la­tion­ship is fin­ished, although she did have that as­sur­ance be­fore.”

Mr Bax­ter told the court: “The com­plainer no longer lives in the town.” There had been no fur­ther in­ci­dents with the other woman since Septem­ber 2016.

De­spite not­ing that the ac­cused’s “neme­sis” had since moved away, Sher­iff Wood said the court had to mark its dis­plea­sure at Bruce’s ac­tions by im­pos­ing an­other CPO.

Un­savoury in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing re­marks and text mes­sages

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