Denny man banned from contacting ex-wife and fined over suicide threats

A Denny man has been banned from contacting his ex-wife and fined after he repeatedly told her he was going to kill himself and said she could watch via video-sharing app Snapchat.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 4:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 4:33 pm

James King, 36, 12 Anderson Park Road, admitted sending messages to the woman that were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character on March 16.

He appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday where procurator fiscal depute Amy Sneddon said King’s former partner grew concerned when she set off on a dog walk and found a bag on her doorstep containing toys relating to her deceased pet.

Ms Sneddon said: “She knew the only person who could’ve left such items was her estranged husband.

James King, of Denny, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday. Picture: Michael Gillen.

“The complainer then emailed the accused and asked him to stay away. As she opened her emails she found one from him.

“It stated, ‘After tonight I’ll be dead. If you think I’m kidding just wait until police turn up and tell you. There’s a letter in the post to you and others saying goodbye.

The fiscal depute said: “The accused was contacted by police on his mobile.

“He stated he wasn’t suicidal and had no idea why his wife continued to report her concerns to them. The accused shortly returned home and was arrested by police.”

The court was told King has a “good job” and earned a promotion.

Defence solicitor Simon Hutchison said: “Clearly this was a difficult relationship and he felt he didn’t get the support when he needed to have it.”

Describing King’s behaviour as “grossly controlling”, Sheriff Derek Livingston said: “You weren’t suicidal on that date at all and wanted your wife to think you were. “

King was fined £650 and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge.

He was also placed under a three-year non-harassment order banning him from approaching the woman.

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