Wife reveals abuse as man posted underwear flyers

Alison Kidd with Ian Cuthbert. Picture: contributed
Alison Kidd with Ian Cuthbert. Picture: contributed
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A MOTHER-OF-TWO whose estranged husband posted explicit flyers near a city primary school accusing her of adultery today spoke of the “mental abuse” he inflicted on her during their relationship.

Alison Kidd said she was left “shocked and embarrassed” after 46-year-old Ian Cuthbert distributed homemade leaflets showing her in underwear emblazoned with the phrase “lock up your husbands”.

The flyer. Picture: contributed

The flyer. Picture: contributed

The 34-year-old described her ordeal after Cuthbert appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday to admit behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by putting up the flyers outside East Craigs Primary School.

Ms Kidd said that Cuthbert was “very bitter” when she announced she was leaving him, and made up false allegations to hurt her as he was a “nasty piece of work”.

She is now divorcing Cuthbert and hopes their short-lived marriage will be over by June.

The flyers depicted Ms Kidd, a nursery assistant, in a provocative pose with text saying ‘Married 16/03/2013 & Committed Adultery Within Days!’

Ms Kidd’s children are believed to attend East Craigs Primary School, and Cuthbert set out to humiliate her in front of staff and other parents.

She said: “It was an extremely abusive relationship. I’m happy to put it behind me and try to move on with my life. It was mental abuse and a very bad time in my life.

“I was shocked and embarrassed by what happened, but to be honest I wasn’t surprised he did something like that. It was the sort of thing he would do. He’s a nasty piece of work. He was very bitter that I wanted to leave and he was paranoid.

“His bail conditions prevent him from approaching me or where I live. I previously received a string of abusive texts and e-mails from him.

“The police told me they expect he’ll get away with community sentence. I just want to make sure I never see him again.”

The couple married on March 16 last year at the Houston House Hotel in Uphall. Ms Kidd separated from her IT manager husband and moved out of their marital home in Broxburn around two months before the flyers were posted through letterboxes, nailed to trees and stuck on car ­windshields.

Cuthbert, of Globe Park, Broxburn, admitted distributing offensive pictures about his wife on September 11 last year.

Fiscal depute Bruce Macrosson told the court Ms Kidd had been informed about the flyers by friends and contacted police.

Defence solicitor, James Kelly, representing Cuthbert, said: “He accepts his responsibility for the offence.”

Sheriff Isabella McColl told Cuthbert what he did was “a form of assault” and called for background reports. Sentence was deferred.

A neighbour of Cuthbert, who asked not to be named, said: “He never talks to anyone. You see him walking his dog with his cowboy hat on.”

Cuthbert could not be reached for comment.