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North-east man sent ex-girlfriend text to say he was dead

15 Jan 2014 1.06pm

A NORTH-EAST MAN admitted sending a bogus text message to a former girlfriend to tell her he was dead.

Jon Pirie, using the name of a friend, even gave his ex a date and place for his “funeral”, after making up a story saying he had died in a road smash.

Pirie, 35, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he admitted a charge under the communications act.

Pirie’s defence solicitor Gregor Kelly entered a guilty plea on behalf of his client when he appeared before Sheriff Christopher Shead.

The offence took place at an address at Westhill and Inverurie on March 19 last year.

Pirie was said to have committed the offence for the purpose of “causing annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety” to Erica McKay.

Pirie sent a message to Ms McKay, pretending to be someone else, and “falsely” stated that he had been “killed in a car crash and that there would be a private burial”.

Sheriff Shead deferred sentence on Pirie for a criminal justice social work report to be prepared.

Pirie, whose address was given as 1 Hilltop Crescent, Westhill, will have to co-operate with the social work department while reports are being prepared.

Defence agent Gregor Kelly will get the chance to speak on his client’s behalf when he returns to court next month.