Sher­iff tells top brief ex­em­plary ser­vice was marred by er­ror of judg­ment

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A TOP pros­e­cu­tor was fined £700 yes­ter­day for threat­en­ing one of his hus­band’s hair sa­lon beau­ti­cians with de­por­ta­tion.

David Wilkie-Thor­burn’s 18 years’ un­blem­ished ser­vice with the Crown Of­fice and Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Ser­vice (COPFS) is now in ru­ins. He was found guilty of send­ing a raciallyag­gra­vated, men­ac­ing mes­sage to Venda Ro­drigues claim­ing he could get her ex­pelled from the UK.

But when she took the Face­book Mes­sen­ger threat to po­lice, Wilkie-Thor­burn, 52, as­sis­tant procu­ra­tor fis­cal for Grampian, High­lands and Is­lands, found him­self in the dock.

He was ac­cused of send­ing a mes­sage of “grossly of­fen­sive or in­de­cent, ob­scene or men­ac­ing char­ac­ter” on April 7 last year.

Aberdeen Sher­iff Court heard his hus­band Neil feared los­ing Venda, who hired a chair in his sa­lon, to a ri­val out­fit next door.

Neil Wilkie-Thor­burn, 58, runs Wilks Hair Stu­dio in the city’s Huntly Street.

He was an­gry when nail tech­ni­cians, sis­ters Katty and Mer­lin Ramos, walked out and launched K&M Nails next door.

Venda, who came from In­dia to join her hus­band Mil­ton in Aberdeen, also

BY CHAR­LIE GALL [email protected]­ told him she was quitting to join the Ramos sis­ters.

Venda, 39, said she was scared to leave be­cause of Neil’s re­ac­tion.

In a 1.22am mes­sage, which the de­fence didn’t dis­pute was sent by David, he told Venda: “I don’t know if you know what I do but it might be in­for­ma­tive for you to know I am the head of pros­e­cu­tion in Grampian.”

He said he had re­spon­si­bil­ity for mak­ing prose­cu­tions for the HMRC and se­ri­ous fraud and im­mi­gra­tion cases.

He also claimed he could make rec­om­men­da­tions on who should get ex­pelled from the coun­try. Venda said: “This has af­fected me as a mother – I have four chil­dren and in those months I felt sick with worry. He got what he de­served and he should lose his job for abus­ing his power.”

David Mog­gach, de­fend­ing Wilkie-Thor­burn, said he would al­most cer­tainly lose his job.

Sher­iff Ian Duguid said Wilkie-Thor­burn’s “ex­em­plary char­ac­ter” over 18 years ser­vice had been marred by “an er­ror of judg­ment”. He said the fine would have been £500 had it not been for the racial­ly­mo­ti­vated el­e­ment.

Wilkie-Thor­burn de­clined to com­ment.

The COPFS said they were com­mit­ted to ef­fec­tive, rig­or­ous and fair pros­e­cu­tion and would take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion where there is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence of a crime. It added that the mat­ter was now sub­ject to in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures.

GUILTY David Wilkie-Thor­burn, above, and hus­band Neil at sa­lon SCARED Venda Ro­drigues, above, and Katty Ramos

RI­VAL SA­LON Mer­lin Ramos set up shop next door

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