Abu­sive weirdo told to stay away from his ex

He even tar­geted her par­ents after she dumped him

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

A creep who hounded his ex- girl­friend and re­peat­edly turned up out­side her home has been slapped with a re­strain­ing or­der.

Gary McLaf­ferty, 27, bom­barded the mum, also 27, with threat­en­ing voice­mails after she dumped him – and even tar­geted her par­ents.

The weirdo even waited out­side after she re­turned from hol­i­day.

Ap­pear­ing at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court, he was been banned from con­tact­ing her or en­ter­ing her street after ad­mit­ting ter­ri­fy­ing her.

Pros­e­cu­tor Tom Bow­man told how he ter­rorised the mum even after she tried to block him.

He said: “The com­plainer and Mr McLaf­ferty were in a re­la­tion­ship for ap­prox­i­mately a year.

“Im­me­di­ately after end­ing the re­la­tion­ship, the com­plainer re­ceived voice­mails and mes­sages on a num­ber of plat­forms from the ac­cused.

“These were ag­gres­sive in na­ture.

“They were abu­sive and stated she was a ‘f******g id­iot’, ‘rat’, ‘slag’ and a ‘f*****g head­case’.

“Dur­ing the voice­mail mes­sages, he spoke in an ag­gres­sive man­ner, shout­ing and swear­ing.

“He told her if she didn’t pick up the phone, he would at­tend her ad­dress or par­ents’ ad­dress.

“Sev­eral of the com­plainer’s neigh­bours told her they had seen the ac­cused driv­ing up and down the street in re­cent days.”

McLaf­ferty and the woman – whom we have cho­sen not to name – had been in a re­la­tion­ship for around a year.

He was dumped in May as a re­sult of his “con­trol­ling be­hav­iour”.

The bully pur­sued his for­mer part­ner, even phon­ing her mum and dad.

The court heard he had dam­aged her gar­den gate, re­veal­ing he was turn­ing up out­side her home in Bish­op­ton.

Mr Bow­man added: “This places the ac­cused in her gar­den when she was un­aware he was there.”

The vic­tim even­tu­ally changed her phone num­ber in a bid to es­cape the abuse.

But McLaf­ferty con­tin­ued his hate cam­paign – even turn­ing up after she ar­rived back in the coun­try from abroad.

Mr Bow­man con­tin­ued: “The com­plainer re­turned from hol­i­day and was driv­ing into the street when she no­ticed the ac­cused driv­ing out.

“The hol­i­day she had re­turned from was in­tended for her and the ac­cused.

“He would know what time she would have landed and when she would have re­turned home.”

McLaf­ferty, a for­mer Park Mains High pupil, pleaded guilty to act­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner be­tween May 5 and June 24.

He lost his job as a take­away de­liv­ery driver after he was banned from vis­it­ing her street dur­ing pro­ceed­ings.

De­fence lawyer David Ni­chol­son in­sists his client will stay away.

He said: “He’s ashamed of his con­duct and what’s hap­pened with this lady.

“He ac­cepts he has re­acted in a com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner.”

Sher­iff Tom McCart­ney barred McLaf­ferty, of Por­ton Place, Bish­op­ton, from ap­proach­ing or con­tact­ing the woman and fined him £750.

He said: “In de­cid­ing how I should deal with sen­tenc­ing in this case, I note that you do not have any pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions of any sim­i­lar crime or be­hav­iour.

“I have de­cided I can deal with the mat­ter by fine.

“This must be sub­stan­tial to re­flect the na­ture of the con­duct in­volved.

“Hav­ing re­gard to the na­ture of the of­fence, I will make a non­ha­rass­ment or­der for a pe­riod of two years.”

Creep Gary McLaf­ferty

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