Stalker jailed for a day for ter­ror­is­ing women

Science cen­tre set to un­veil ma­jor re­vamp

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

A STALKER and do­mes­tic abuser who ter­rorised four women over seven years has been jailed for one day.

Mark Boucher, who ha­rassed one of his vic­tims from his prison cell, was ear­lier given a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der for the crimes.

But he breached the new or­der twice in five months and flouted a non-ha­rass­ment or­der de­signed to keep him away from his vic­tims.

He was brought back to court for sen­tence over the orig­i­nal crimes and the new of­fence of breach­ing the non-ha­rass­ment or­der, and could have faced five years in jail.

In­stead Sher­iff Lorna Drum­mond QC im­posed a nine-month sen­tence cov­er­ing all four stalk­ing charges – 273 days. How­ever, she said his time on re­mand ac­counted for 136 days, which had to be dou­bled to 272 days to take ac­count of au­to­matic early re­lease pro­vi­sions. As a re­sult she jailed him for a day.

Boucher, 28, a pris­oner at HMP Perth, will serve a fur­ther 60 days for breach­ing the non-ha­rass­ment or­der. MAN­AGERS of Glas­gow Science Cen­tre have un­veiled its first re­vamp in 14 years.

Visi­tors are promised an “ex­cit­ing trans­for­ma­tion” with an over­haul of its logo, brand iden­tity and web­site.

The five-star at­trac­tion opened in 2001 and since then man­agers say mil­lions have vis­ited the Cly­de­side cen­tre.

Ex­hi­bi­tions such as BodyWorks and Pow­er­ing the Fu­ture plus an up­graded full dome dig­i­tal plan­e­tar­ium have pre­vi­ously put on as­tron­omy classes and evening lec­tures.

But man­agers are keen for the cen­tre to evolve and at­tract a wider au­di­ence.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Stephen Bres­lin said: “GSC has grown from its im­age of a ‘rainy day out with the kids’ to a leader in pub­lic en­gage­ment, key player in Stem ed­u­ca­tion in Scot­land, an events venue for adults events, de­sir­able busi­ness part­ner and a great fam­ily day out.

“These changes mark an ex­cit­ing point in our his­tory.”

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