Grangemouth offender drove car straight at his ex at Falkirk's Kelpies

A man who drove his car at his former partner while she was visiting the Helix and the world famous Kelpies was given time by the courts to be with his ailing mother.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 6:36 am

Richard Campbell (32) initially contacted his former partner bu phone and, at various stages of the calls, threatened to kill her and ruin her life.

Campbell, from Grangemouth, then took his threatening behaviour a stage further by actually driving his car at her while she was standing at the Helix.

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, Campbell had pleaded guilty to engaging in abusive conduct towards his ex-partner on April 17 and April 30 last year.

Campbell drove his car at the woman while she was visiting the Helix Park, home of the world famous Kelpies

At a previous appearance in March procurator fiscal depute Katie Cunningham said the complainer received a phone call from Campbell, who, swearing at her almost continuously throughout the call, made a number of vile threats, including stating he wanted to ruin her life by posting something on Facebook and he would do so unless she came round to meet him and engage in sexual intercourse.

Campbell said “I swear I will kill you” and threatened to rape her. He also demanded she get rid of her current partner.

The procurator fiscal said on a later date, Campbell caught up with the woman at the Kelpies and drove his car at her, swerving at the last moment to avoid her.

On that appearance last month Sheriff Richard MacFarlane continued the case to find out more information regarding a non-harassment order which would prevent Campbell from having any contact with his victim.

Campbell drove his car straight at his former partner while she was visiting the world famous Kelpies at the Falkirk's Helix Park

During today’s appearance the court heard Campbell’s former partner did not want to have a non harassment order put in place.

It was stated she has no intention of getting back together with him but does not want to stand in the way of his relationship with his children.

Sheriff Christopher Shead said Campbell was a regular domestic offender “on the face of it” who has problems dealing with women in a civilised way.

He deferred sentence on Campbell until May 13 for a supplementary criminal justice social work report to consider whether the Caledonian domestic abuse programme is suitable for him.

Sheriff Shead added it will also give Campbell time to spend with his sick mother who was said to have cancer.