Falkirk court heard immature offender threatened to make ex partner's intimate pictures public

Charlie McCulloch (21) appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, having pleaded guilty to sending threatening messages to his former partner in the Denny area on July 2 last year.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 2:12 pm

Katie Cunningham, procurator fiscal depute, said: “The complainer and the accused had been in a relationship for three months, but that ended a month before this incident. They had filmed themselves engaged in sex acts with the complainer’s consent.

"The witness was within her home address when she received a message from the accused in which he repeatedly threatened he was going to ruin her. He said ‘every message every single picture, every video – I’m sending him’.

"The messages continued, threatening the videos and photographs would be shown to other people and the complainer would be laughed.”

McCulloch appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday after he sent threatening messages to his former partner

The woman contacted police and McCulloch was spoken to by officers, stating he had been “angry and stupid” and he “wasn’t a bad person”.

Defence solicitor Gordon Addison said: “This smacks of immaturity. In days of old it would have been a face to face exchange between people, but now it finds itself on the Internet.

"The messages were deleted before anyone got them. He is a first offender who acted impulsively.”

Sheriff Christopher Shead said: “I don’t find this an altogether easy case to deal with, but this was an act of immaturity more than anything else. It was bound to have an upsetting effect on the victim in this case.”

He ordered McCulloch, 27 Craighill Street, Stirling, to pay a £600 fine at a rate of £100 per month.