Arbroath carved messages stalker walks free

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An Angus stalker who carved bizarre messages in his estranged wife’s front doorstep in the dead of night hours after he was released from prison walked free from court yesterday.

Grant Easson had been released from a jail term on July 21 - and waited until darkness fell to go to his wife’s property in Arbroath.

There, he carved the numbers “381” in to the concrete floor at her front door, as well as in to paving stones in the back garden where she sat to smoke.

Fiscal depute Kirsten Thomson told Forfar Sheriff Court that Easson has repeatedly used the numbers during their relationship to signify the phrase: “Three words, eight letters, one meaning - I love you.”

The prosecutor added: “She immediately suspected the accused and was distressed that he had been there.

“That night she was going to bed and noticed nothing further.

“When she awoke on July 23 she noticed the existing marks had been covered in dark ink.

“She called police who attended and saw the ink was still wet, then traced the accused.

“They noticed his fingertips were dark and that there was dry ink on his fingers.”

Easson, 42, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of stalking committed between July 21 and 23 this year.

Defence solicitor Billy Rennie said: “When he got out of prison he expected to be able to see his children soon after but was told that wasn’t going to happen.

“He had been expecting normality to resume, but instead was told divorce papers would be served imminently.

“The true situation drove him somewhat to despair.

“The intention was to send a message to them that he was there for them.

“It wasn’t to cause alarm, but clearly it wasn’t the best way to do it.”

Sheriff Pino di Emidio placed Easson on a high tariff structured deferred sentence and released him on bail meantime.

That means he will be monitored in the community and by the court in an attempt to prevent him from going back to jail.

Sheriff di Emidio said: “I could simply imprison you on these matters.

“I’m going to give you the chance to show that doesn’t require to happen.

“You have already served the equivalent of a four month sentence on remand.

“I make it absolutely clear that if you don’t comply you would attract the maximum possible sentence for this case.”