Man sues ex-lover over £2k car after she dumped him

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Gor­don Cur­rie

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

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