Only a sin­gle day in jail for se­rial stalker

COURT: Women were ter­rorised by man for nine years

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - JAMIE BEATSON

A se­rial stalker and do­mes­tic abuser who ter­rorised four women over the pe­riod of seven years has been jailed – for just one day.

Mark Boucher was ear­lier this year given a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der for the crimes.

That de­ci­sion was branded “baf­fling” af­ter Dundee Sher­iff Court heard the had twice breached iden­ti­cal or­ders last year.

Boucher breached the new or­der twice in the space of five months – as well as flout­ing a non-ha­rass­ment or­der de­signed to keep him away from his vic­tims.

He was hauled back to court to face sen­tence over the orig­i­nal crimes – and the new of­fence of breach­ing the non-ha­rass­ment or­der – and could have faced up to five years in jail.

But in­stead he was given just one day in jail on the stalking charges.

Boucher will serve a fur­ther 60-day sen­tence for the non-ha­rass­ment or­der breach charge.

Sher­iff Lorna Drum­mond QC said she was im­pos­ing a nine-month sen­tence cov­er­ing all four stalking charges – a to­tal of 273 days.

How­ever, she said his time on re­mand await­ing his case com­ing to court ac­counted for 136 days – which then had to be dou­bled to 272 days to ac­count of au­to­matic early re­lease pro­vi­sions.

As a re­sult she jailed him for a sin­gle day on the stalking charges that could have led to years be­hind bars.

A court source said: “This isn’t jus­tice. There are no words.”

Dundee Sher­iff Court ear­lier heard how Boucher made a string of threats to ex Jas­mine McGraw.

He had faced a lengthy jail term af­ter he ad­mit­ted stalking Miss McGraw, as well as his other ex-part­ners Laura Walker, Melissa Low and Di­ane Thom­son.

Ob­sessed Boucher made the threats to Miss McGraw af­ter he was last year spared jail for post­ing a pic­ture of him­self on Face­book bran­dish­ing a huge ma­chete – then threat­en­ing to butcher her.

He de­manded that Di­ane Thom­son send him pic­tures to prove where she was and would turn up to meet her at her work early to check up on her.

And while with Miss Low he re­peat­edly crit­i­cised her to the point where she gave up on go­ing out with friends.

With Miss Walker he would make of­fen­sive re­marks to her and con­stantly ha­rass her while she was out with friends – on one oc­ca­sion call­ing her 40 times in a sin­gle night.

Boucher, 28, a pris­oner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty to four charges of stalking between Oc­to­ber 2007 and Jan­uary this year at lo­ca­tions in Dundee, Perth and For­far.

Mark Boucher es­caped jail last year for post­ing this pic­ture of him­self bran­dish­ing a ma­chete.

Mark Boucher breached a num­ber of or­ders placed on him.

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