Man sues ex-lover over £2k car after she dumped him
A MARRIED businessman accused of stalking his former lover for years is suing her over a car he gave her before she rejected him.
Former accountant and haulage contractor Patrick Bradley, 72, has launched a legal action for compensation against his accuser Sheila McKenzie, 56.
Bradley was found by a sheriff to have pestered Mrs McKenzie over a seven-year period after they had sex on only two occasions a decade ago.
He was said to have caused her ‘discomfort’ but was cleared after the sheriff ruled that his behaviour fell short of criminal stalking.
The wealthy businessman renovated three homes and bought diamond jewellery and several cars for Mrs McKenzie after becoming infatuated with her.
Now Bradley has started a legal battle at Perth Sheriff Court to win back a Toyota Avensis he gave her before he was arrested for alleged stalking.
The court was told the car was worth £2,050 and had been transferred from Mrs McKenzie to her daughter. Bradley is seeking that amount.
He said: ‘The sale was supposed to have been made to her daughter. Some evidence had to be provided to show the sale had been effected.
‘There were only affidavits from herself and her daughter and no financial evidence of the transfer. One would expect at least a bank transfer. I have taken the average valuation. I am quite prepared to accept a reasonable offer.’
Sheriff William Wood said the main argument in the case centred on when the car was transferred and he has fixed a proof for early next year.
During the criminal trial earlier this year, Bradley admitted falling in love with the hospital worker after having sex with her twice during 2009. He told Perth Sheriff
Court that he was a wealthy and generous man who had once written a cheque for his sister for £375,000.
But Mrs McKenzie said she had tried without success to break off contact with him.
Bradley, of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, was found not guilty of stalking Mrs McKenzie between December 13, 2010 and May 11, 2018.
He denied phoning and emailing her, contacting her family and friends and threatening to expose their affair.
Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown ruled that while Bradley had caused ‘discomfort’ to Mrs McKenzie, she did not think he had caused her ‘fear or alarm’.
She warned him that any future contact with Mrs McKenzie should only be made through solicitors.
Mrs McKenzie could not be contacted for comment at her Perth home.
Affair: Sheila McKenzie at Perth Sheriff Court
Car row: A Toyota like the one given by Bradley
Court: Patrick Bradley