Stalker carved message into victim’s doorstep

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background
Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

A stalker who carved bizarre messages in his estranged wife’s front doorstep in the dead of night, just hours after he was released from prison was today (Thursday) back behind bars.

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 into 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 Gregor Murray deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and remanded Easson in custody meantime.