Rothesay resident guilty of sending threatening messages

A ROTHESAY resident was found guilty of sending threatening messages to his ex-partner’s new boyfriend at Rothesay Court on Monday.

Richard Peter Daniel Paul Murphy (36), address given as 9 Caledonia Walk, Rothesay, pleaded not guilty to having contacted the complainer on numerous occasions via text message and phone-call on December 16, 2012.

The court heard from the complainer that he and Murphy’s ex-partner had been friends for some time and that he and she had now entered into a relationship, which he believed the accused was understandably upset by.

The complainer stated that he received several text messages which were threatening in nature and that he’d gone to the police as the accused had threatened to come to his house, and he was fearful for his children.

Murphy told the court he had not sent any text messages or made any phone-calls to the complainer, believing that someone else had used his phone. “Are you seriously suggesting that on 11 separate occasions in a 12-hour period someone used your phone to send these messages?” asked Depute Fiscal Kevin Docherty? “I didn’t make those calls or send those texts, no,” replied Murphy.

Sheriff Hamilton told the accused: “ I have no doubt that these messages came from you. You’ve got a significant record, so I’ll deal with this matter by way of a community payback order.”

Murphy was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within six months.