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Man who stalked ex with GPS on mobile phone to sign sex offenders register

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

A stalker who tracked his former partner’s movements by hiding a mobile phone in her car has been placed on the sex offenders register.

Mark Newsome appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court yesterday where he was also ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

The 46-year-old previously admitted hounding the woman at an address in Upper Largo and tracking her to an ASDA branch in Kirkcaldy between November 2017 and April 2018.

The stalker also admitted looking through her personal communication device and taking screenshots of private conversations on it.

Newsome also repeatedly sent text and social media messages to the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He also threatened to disclose sensitive information about her to her employer.

The Anstruther man went on to conceal a mobile in her car and tracked her whereabouts before sending chilling messages telling her he knew where she was.

He also admitted taking a photograph of her drying herself as she came out of the shower between February 2017 and April 2018.

Newsome’s defence solicitor Douglas McConnell told the court his client’s behaviour was “completely out of character” and that he had been “open and honest” with his employers.

Mr McConnell said: “He doesn’t understand why he did it other than as a result of the relationship break down.

“He was very honest during his police interview and essentially said ‘This is what I did and this is how I did it’.

“He is still in employment in a good job which he cares about. He has been open and honest with them since his police interview.”

In sentencing, Sheriff James Williamson remarked: “This was a sophisticated effort and exercise on your part. These are serious matters.

“Often these offences are committed by people who stumble into it. But you on the other hand have given this some thought. It was sustained and quite sinister.

“I’m going to impose a community payback order to be completed in a period of 12 months.

“During that time, you will attend whatever courses that are appropriate and you will also undertake 180 hours of unpaid work.”

Newsome, of Milton Crescent, was also made to sign the sex offenders register for 12 months.

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