Only a single day in jail for serial stalker
COURT: Women were terrorised by man for nine years
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.