Venge­ful ex ad­mits he waged hate cam­paign


Em­bit­tered Ge­orge Ste­wart ad­mit­ted his guilt when he ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court last week.

He pled guilty to en­gag­ing in a course of abu­sive be­hav­iour on April 13 and 14, with the court hear­ing he wanted to “ruin” his ex-part­ner.

Court heard how the 58-year-old warned his ex he had con­tacted the East Kil­bride News about her al­leged pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct.

Fis­cal de­pute Chloe O’Hara,told the court: “He said she had been drunk in a video on Face­book.

“He claimed to have con­tacted the News, say­ing she was drunk in the class­room where she was em­ployed as a pri­mary school teacher.

“Ste­wart said he would con­tact the school, as well as her friends, re­gard­ing this al­le­ga­tion.”

Ms O’Hara told court how his vic­tim phoned the ac­cused in an ef­fort to “calm the sit­u­a­tion,” at which point he re­peated his claims, telling her: “I want to ruin you.

“You’ll have no job, house or in­come.” Ste­wart, of Fern­ie­gair,

Hamil­ton, de­manded a meet­ing with his for­mer part­ner at her home.

He turned up there when she and her new part­ner were in­side, but she re­fused to an­swer the door “through fear”.

Ste­wart was twice chal­lenged by a neigh­bour about what he was do­ing there, tex­ting his vic­tim “I’m here, wait­ing” be­fore fi­nally driv­ing away.

The next morn­ing she texted Ste­wart, telling him not to con­tact her. He replied by say­ing she had “brought this on your­self by treat­ing me like sh*t.

“I hope one day you’re found hang­ing like your mad mother. I hope I never see you again.”

The fis­cal stated: “His ex-part­ner was ex­tremely up­set, es­pe­cially by the re­mark about her mother as the ac­cused was aware of the im­pact on her of her mother’s sui­cide.

“She then con­tacted the po­lice.” Sher­iff Ray Small de­ferred sen­tence un­til Au­gust 21 for a crim­i­nal jus­tice so­cial work re­port, bail­ing Ste­wart and warn­ing him: “You must have no con­tact – face to face, elec­tronic, what­ever – with your for­mer part­ner.”

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