An Aberdeen man has been handed a non-harassment order after admitting that he stalked his former neighbour – by repeatedly driving past her home.
Alexander Taylor, 68, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after he admitted engaging in a course of conduct which caused the woman fear and alarm by repeatedly driving slowly past her city home.
He has a previous conviction for a similar offence against the same woman.
The offence took place between September 1 and October 5 last year.
He also drove while his licence had been revoked.
Fiscal depute Sophie Hanlon said: “The complainer and her partner have previously had issues with the accused and, following that, they were aware of him.
“He was reported to the police by the complainer due to the conduct in the charge of driving past the address slowly.
“The premises are covered by CCTV and, on the incidences of driving past the house, the complainer had been watching footage live of the address; that was on September 4.
“The complainer and partner were at home and saw the accused in his vehicle driving past very slowly. This was repeated on four further occasions.”
Miss Hanlon said: “The complainer was in fear and alarmed by the accused’s actions of repeatedly driving past her property.”
Defence agent Gregor Kelly said his client did not oppose the Crown’s motion for a non-harassment order.
He said in the report it was stated that Taylor thought in a “black and white” way and, if parameters were laid out, he would know the consequences of not keeping to the order.
Mr Kelly added that Taylor was “very eccentric” but went on to say that to the vast majority of his neighbours he was “helpful” and he was involved in the neighbourhood watch.
He said: “He is a genuinely pleasant person but his conduct has impacted on the complainer’s enjoyment of her circumstances.”
Sheriff Christine McCrossan told Taylor, of Seafield Drive East, Aberdeen, he would be subject to a three-year non-harassment order, which bans him from contacting the woman. He was also handed six penalty points for the driving offences.