Stalker guilty of bug­ging his ex-part­ner’s house

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­times.co.uk

AN OBAN man who planted a record­ing de­vice in his ex-part­ner’s house to lis­ten se­cretly to her con­ver­sa­tions, has pleaded guilty to stalk­ing charges at Oban sher­iff court.

Piotr Jaku­biec, 42, placed a tape recorder un­der­neath Ag­nieszka Sar­biewska’s kitchen ta­ble and lis­tened to her con­ver­sa­tions be­tween De­cem­ber 10 last year and Jan­uary 7 this year.

He ini­tially pleaded not guilty to the charges of turn­ing up at her work­place un­in­vited, re­peat­edly fol­low­ing her at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Oban, and mak­ing a copy of a key to her prop­erty to gain en­try and fix a record­ing de­vice to her kitchen ta­ble.

Jaku­biec then changed his plea to guilty af­ter al­most five hours of ev­i­dence was heard on Septem­ber 16.

He also pleaded guilty to break­ing his bail con­di­tions by speak­ing to Ms Sar­biewska at Oban sher­iff court on Au­gust 20.

Jaku­biec, of High­land Apart­ments, Oban, had ad­mit­ted plant­ing the record­ing de­vice when first in­ter­viewed by po­lice, de­spite his ini­tial not guilty plea, say­ing he had done so due to con­cerns about the cou­ple’s child.

With the cou­ple both us­ing Pol­ish in­ter­preters through­out the trial, the court heard that Ms Sar­biewska had be­come sus­pi­cious that Jaku­biec had been record­ing her af­ter a fe­male friend had phoned her to say that de­tails of a pri­vate, per­sonal con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the two women had been re­vealed to her by her friend’s part­ner.

She said: ‘I thought that Piotr had some record­ing de­vice in the house.

‘Right af­ter she phoned me, I looked un­der the kitchen ta­ble as this was where we held the con­ver­sa­tion. I found two black pieces of tape which were not there be­fore.’

The black ad­he­sive tape had been used to hold the record­ing de­vice in place.

She also told the court that on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions Jaku­biec had driven past her house, ar­rived at her place of work, and on one oc­ca­sion she had seen him pass her on the A85, turn his car around and be­gin to fol­low her in his ve­hi­cle.

Break­ing down in tears when procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty asked how this made her feel, she replied: ‘ Very, very bad. I can’t re­ally ex­press this.’

De­fer­ring sen­tence for back­ground re­ports un­til Oc­to­ber 14, Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC told Jaku­biec: ‘This has been a very se­ri­ous mat­ter.

‘I want to en­sure all op­tions are open to me when I pass sen­tence,’ she added.

This has been a very se­ri­ous mat­ter

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son, QC

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BUGGED: Piotr Jaku­biec will be sen­tenced next month

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