Man used cartoon villain to send abuse to ex-partner

George Clarke terrorised his former girlfriend by sending her hurtful and insulting messages. Picture: Vic Rodrick
George Clarke terrorised his former girlfriend by sending her hurtful and insulting messages. Picture: Vic Rodrick
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A HOSPITAL cleaner posed as Dick Dastardly on Facebook as part of a fiendish plot to get back at his ex-girlfriend.

George Clarke used the devious Wacky Races cartoon character’s profile to send the woman hurtful and insulting messages, a court heard.

But, like all the fictional villain’s cruel and wicked schemes, it was foiled when his victim called the police, a court heard.

Alastair Macleod, prosecuting, told how the accused had bombarded the woman with abusive telephone messages and repeatedly posted offensive messages on the “Dastardly” Facebook page and another one, branding her “Bad Mum”.

When charged, Clarke denied his messages had been persistent and asked officers: “How is calling her a lying, cheating, nasty witch abuse?”

Clarke, from Rosewell, earlier pleaded guilty to engaging in a course of conduct which caused the woman fear and alarm.

Livingston Sheriff Court was told he had previously served five years of a ten-year prison sentence after being convicted of importing Class A drugs into the UK.

Keri Evans, defending, said Clarke had believed the woman’s daughter was his child and was “distraught and soul destroyed” when she told him he wasn’t the father.

She told the court: “Not knowing has consumed him. He tells me he now understands that his behaviour would have had an impact on the complainer and it would have been distressing for her to receive such persistent messages from her.”

Clarke, 42, was sentenced to be electronically tagged for nine months, forcing him to remain in his home between 8pm and 7am every day.

He was also made subject to a ten-year non-harassment order and banned from entering the West Lothian town where the target of his abuse lives. Passing sentence, Sheriff Gerard MacMillan blasted the “disgusting communications” that the cleaner sent to the young mum during a 20-day campaign in September this year.

He said: “This was an appalling course of behaviour by you which I almost characterise as a campaign.

“The worrying thing is your apparent inability to recognise how serious it is and the impact of such disgusting communications.”

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