Marriage break-up led to bin man scaring ex-wife

A bin man man who caused his wife “fear and alarm” over a nine month period following a breakdown in their relationship was admonished on Monday at Jedburgh Sherrif court.

Unable to come to terms with the end of his eight-year marriage, Roy Murphy bombarded his ex-wife’s parents and friends with messages, repeatedly walked past her home address, and left notes for her.

Over some eight months, he would appear on routes she used, making sure she saw him, although not speaking to her.

The 52-year-old of Ancrum Court, Hawick, admitted engaging in a course of conduct which caused his former wife fear and alarm at Ramsay Road, Common Haugh, and elsewhere in Hawick, between August 1 2013 and April 7 last year.

Depute fiscal Claire Bottomley told a previous hearing how the accused contacted his ex-wife’s parents, saying he was sorry for what had happened. He also intimated that he wanted them to get back together.

He posted a letter through their door saying he would do anything to make the relationship work.

Murphy’s former wife was driving to work when she noticed the accused standing at a bus stop.

“She was scared, as he had previously threatened to step out in front of her car,” said Ms Bottomley.

“She was then walking to work and could think of no reason for him to be there as early in the morning.

“He appeared on various routes she uses and she ignored him, but he would make sure that she saw him, although didn’t speak,” added Ms Bottomley.

In December one of the woman’s friends received about 10 messages from Murphy saying he wished to get in touch with his ex-wife.

“He repeatedly contacted her parents,” said Ms Bottomley.

Solicitor Ed Hulme said his client worked full-time as a refuse collector.

“He previously suffered a brain injury which affects his ability to let go,” explained Mr Hulme.

“He didn’t mean to cause her alarm.”

Hearing that Murphy had been of good behaviour during a period of deferred sentence, Sheriff Kevin Drummond admonished the accused.