Woman bom­barded ex with hun­dreds of mes­sages and calls

I’ll harm my­self if you don’t re­spond, vic­tim told

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A woman liv­ing in Amer­ica stalked a 23-year-old man by hound­ing him with hun­dreds of un­wanted mes­sages af­ter their fling came to an end.

Deb­o­rah Pri n g l e, 4 8 , bom­barded Bar­rhead man Ja­son Gille­spie, 23, with text mes­sages, emails and phone calls af­ter he broke off their re­la­tion­ship.

Pringle, who was born in Scot­land but moved to Amer­ica and holds dual cit­i­zen­ship, con­tacted him 200 times in three days – and threat­ened to self­harm if he did not get back to her.

When he re­fused to an­swer her calls, she started phon­ing him from a with­held num­ber.

She also turned up at his par­ents’ home in the early hours of the morn­ing hop­ing to speak to him.

The de­tails emerged when Pringle ap­peared in the dock at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court ear­lier this week for a pre-trial hear­ing and pleaded guilty to the sin­gle charge against her.

She ad­mit­ted en­gag­ing in a course of con­duct that caused Mr Gille­spie fear or alarm by re­peat­edly send­ing him text mes­sages and emails, phon­ing him and go­ing to his par­ents’ home in Bar­rhead un­in­vited.

The charge stated the of­fence was ag­gra­vated as it in­volved the abuse of her ex-part­ner.

Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal De­pute Pamela Flynn ex­plained: “The com­plainer met the now ac­cused on­line. They be­gan con­vers­ing with each other.

“They both de­cided to meet up. A sex­ual re­la­tion­ship de­vel­oped for both of them.

“The now ac­cused and the com­plainer would spend pe­ri­ods of time with each other in ho­tel rooms within Glas­gow.

“Both par­ties were con­tent with the re­la­tion­ship the way it was.

“In June 2018, an ar­gu­ment be­gan to de­velop be­tween them and, as a re­sult, Mr Gille­spie wanted con­tact with the ac­cused to end.

“In July, he be­gan to re­ceive a co­pi­ous amount of mes­sages, tele­phone calls and emails from the ac­cused – there were over 200 be­tween July 29 and July 31.

“The mes­sages were just min­utes apart and she was also stat­ing in the mes­sages that she would harm her­self should he not re­spond.”

De­fence solic­i­tor Iain Bradley told Sher­iff Tom McCart­ney: “Her age de­fies her youth - she is a youth­ful lady. Their re­la­tion­ship was lim­ited to sex­ual con­tact be­tween them – it was sim­ply re­peated sex­ual con­tact.

“She is Scot­tish but lived and worked in the United States. She has dual cit­i­zen­ship.”

Speak­ing in an Amer­i­can ac­cent, Pringle told the judge that she was go­ing back to Amer­ica from the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber un­til early Jan­uary and would be un­able to re­turn to court dur­ing that time for sen­tenc­ing.

Sher­iff McCart­ney told her to be of good be­hav­iour for three months and de­ferred sen­tence on her un­til Fe­bru­ary.

On the next oc­ca­sion, he will also de­cide whether Pringle, who is banned from con­tact­ing Mr Gille­spie un­der her bail con­di­tions, should be made the sub­ject of a Non- Ha­rass­ment Or­der.

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