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Disgraced former cop ‘sent nasty messages’ to ex

Disgraced former cop ‘sent nasty messages’ to ex

A FORMER police officer bombarded her ex with texts after she refused to accept the end of their relationship, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.

Karen Allan, 40, sent a series of messages to Bruce Dargie, 49, some begging for reconciliation and others which were insulting and “nasty”, the court heard.

Allan — who was jailed in 2011 for 27 months after tipping off a suspect in a counterfeit cash inquiry, while called Karen Howie — began excessively texting Mr Dargie on November 21 last year after he ended a five-month on-off relationship with her, it was claimed.

The texts were only reported to police after Mr Dargie believed Allan was going to falsely report him for rape.

Mr Dargie said: “She wanted to get a relationship going but I wasn’t having it.

“Some of the messages were nice and others were nasty.

“It was unnerving. Any time I replied I would get loads of texts back — there was no reasoning with her.

“I’d had enough, so I went to police to get them to tell her to stop.”

He said he told Allan via text that he was going to report the excessive number of messages and she replied: “Two can play at that game.”

He said he thought this meant she would report him for rape after previously texting him about his DNA being in her bed.

Under cross-examination by solicitor John McLaughlin, Mr Dargie admitted that he had a continuing relationship with Allan during the three weeks he was receiving the messages.

Allan, of Barry Downs Holiday Park, Barry, stood trial after denying a stalking charge of sending an excessive number of text messages to Mr Dargie, between November 21 and December 19 last year.

However, as the trial concluded, Allan offered a plea of guilty to a new charge of breach of the peace, by behaving in a way likely to cause a reasonable person fear or alarm towards Mr Dargie, on December 19 last year. The change came after Sheriff George Way accepted that Mr Dargie had been caused fear and alarm by the DNA message on December 19, rather than any earlier texts. Sentence was deferred until August 15 for reports.

Allan admitted in 2011 to tipping off a suspect in a police cash probe after fearing she’d been pictured taking a legal high at an acquaintance’s flat. She was told by a sheriff she had “betrayed” her duty as a police officer.

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