Doc­tor de­nies stalk­ing charge

Medic is ac­cused of send­ing texts af­ter re­la­tion­ship ended

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Nino Wil­liams

A DOC­TOR ac­cused of stalk­ing a woman is al­leged to have sent an ex­plicit mes­sage about their re­la­tion­ship to her for­mer part­ner know­ing it would cause trou­ble be­tween them, a trial has been told.

A DOC­TOR ac­cused of stalk­ing a woman is al­leged to have sent an ex­plicit mes­sage about their re­la­tion­ship to her for­mer part­ner, know­ing it would cause trou­ble be­tween them.

Gary Lucitt, a se­nior ob­ste­tri­cian and gy­nae­col­o­gist reg­is­trar who had been em­ployed at Sin­gle­ton Hospi­tal, is also said to have sent a se­ries of in­tim­i­dat­ing text mes­sages to a wit­ness via mes­sag­ing app What­sApp just days be­fore a trial was due to be­gin last Novem­ber, as well as a se­ries of text mes­sages to a woman when the pair’s re­la­tion­ship de­te­ri­o­rated.

The 39-year-old is also al­leged to have parked out­side her home, and made a swip­ing ges­ture with his fin­ger across his neck when their cars met at a junc­tion at Lang­land Bay, which she took to mean he meant her harm.

Lucitt, of Re­galia Ter­race in Llanelli, de­nies a charge of stalk­ing and two charges of in­tim­i­da­tion.

Swansea Crown Court was told the woman had first met Lucitt via dat­ing app Tin­der when she was train­ing at Sin­gle­ton Hospi­tal.

She told the court she had ex­pected him, as a doc­tor, to be pro­fes­sional and be­have in a ‘nor­mal’ way, and that the re­la­tion­ship had been a sex­ual one for a pe­riod, but she had de­cided to end it af­ter ap­prox­i­mately a year ‘be­cause of con­cerns about his be­hav­iour’.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Tom Scapens told the court that af­ter she had ter­mi­nated the re­la­tion­ship, Lucitt had sent a let­ter in May last year to her for­mer part­ner, with whom she shares a young son, mak­ing a se­ries of al­le­ga­tions about her sex­ual be­hav­iour.

Lucitt was ar­rested af­ter po­lice were in­formed about the let­ter, and he was re­leased on bail with con­di­tions not to con­tact the woman, but later that month she re­ceived 12 text mes­sages from a mo­bile phone whose num­ber she did not recog­nise, but be­lieved them to have come from Lucitt, in­clud­ing one which said: “You are driv­ing me to break­ing point.”

Days later she re­ceived an­other two mes­sages from an­other new num­ber, in­clud­ing one which read: “I hope you re­alise your life is about to get a mil­lion times worse.”

Mr Scapens added that af­ter his ar­rest: “In in­ter­view he says the mes­sages had not been sent by him and he be­lieved they were sent by peo­ple pre­tend­ing to be him.”

Lucitt was due to stand trial to face a stalk­ing charge last Novem­ber, but just days be­fore that the woman’s for­mer part­ner re­ceived a pack­age with a USB stick con­tain­ing a se­ries of What­sApp mes­sages pur­port­ing to be be­tween her and Lucitt.

Mr Scapens said: “Pe­haps as ex­pected, he took it badly and took it out on her.”

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, the woman said her re­la­tion­ship with her for­mer part­ner had ended when their son was just six weeks old due to his ‘con­trol­ling’ be­hav­iour, and that the re­la­tion­ship with Lucitt was a ca­sual one.

She told the court she had con­fided in Lucitt about the na­ture of her re­la­tion­ship with her ex, and told him: “I will pro­tect him [her son] and his re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther ev­ery day.”

She told the court her ex had called her at work af­ter re­ceiv­ing the let­ter.

She said: “He was scream­ing down the phone, call­ing me ev­ery­thing.

“He was in a rage. He said he was go­ing to take our son off me.

“He kept ask­ing, ‘Who is Gary? Who is this man?’.

“I was ter­ri­fied. I left work.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

Gary Lucitt, who is on trial.

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