Stalker bombarded victim with abusive calls, texts and emails

PUBLISHED: 06:55 30 October 2019

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse.

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A stalker from Portishead 'bombarded' his victim with phone calls, texts and email messages over a 10-month period.

North Somerset Courtouse heard how Harrison Macgillivray had entered into a brief relationship with his victim in December 2018, however she had made it known she thought of him only as a friend,

Prosecutor May Li said Macgillivray, of Hollis Avenue, then became controlling and aggressive.

She said: "He bombarded her with phone calls, text messages, and other electronic messages saying he wanted her to be his partner."

His victim said she had given him many chances to just be friends, but when given the chance he would become controlling.

He filled her answerphone up with voicemails and sent 120 texts, and had also begun to monitor her address and said 'he knew when she was at home'.

Ms Li said his messages became increasingly abusive.

She said: "He called her a 'b****', in another he had written 'b*****s get what they deserve'.

He later wrote: "You are not going to know what's hit you, there's no going back this time you are in deep, deep, deep do do."

On October 3, Macgillivray went to his victim's home and began to bang on the backdoor and windows.

He sent her a message saying 'You b**** you will learn, you better move out."

His victim then sent him a message telling him to go away and that she had reported him to the police.

Officers soon arrived and Macgillivray was aggressive and abusive.

Ms Li said since the incident the victim has changed her behaviour and often gets friends to stay with her because she is scared.

Gwen Brown, defending, said Macgillivray, who suffers from ADHD and Tourette's syndrome, showed remorse and was sorry for his actions.

She said: "He claims he had been in a relationship with the victim, and he believed she was spreading rumours about him."

Macgillivray pleaded guilty to stalking at a hearing on October 22.

Macgillivray, aged 29, received a restraining order for five years, was given a 12-month community order, a 10-week curfew, and ordered to pay £175 costs.

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