Facebook stalker given community payback order

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A stalker who bombarded a student with Facebook messages for four years - then threatened she would “get hurt” when she spurned his advances - today (Wednesday) walked free from court.

Gregor Sharpe, 24, was spotted at Fiona Leeper’s work and even said he was going to go to her house, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.

The pair had been taught at Carnoustie High School at the same time but were never close.

But when Miss Leeper became a first-year student at university in 2011 she began receiving Facebook messages from Sharpe.

He claimed he missed and loved her and wanted to meet up.

Ms Leeper replied that she wasn’t interested, asking him to leave her alone and blocking him from her Facebook.

Fiscal depute Trina Sinclair told the court: “A few months later the complainer again received Facebook messages from the accused using a new account, again stating that he missed her, loved her and wanted to meet up.

“The messages continued for four years. The complainer said she ignored them, but found them annoying.”

However, in January this year, Miss Leeper was speaking to a work colleague about the messages and showed him a photo of Sharpe.

The doorman said he recognised him and had seen him “hanging around” her workplace.

On January 26, Sharpe then messaged Ms Leeper stating: “I am coming to see you in person right now. See you soon.”

Miss Sinclair said “the complainer was at home alone and she felt scared” and asked a friend to come round.

Sharpe never showed up but mentioned the friend’s name in another message.

He later told Ms Leeper: “If you don’t forgive me, you will get hurt, not me, Fiona. I hope I don’t bump into you again Fiona, for your sake.”

When Ms Leeper said she was going to call the police, Sharpe said: “I’m sorry.”

He later told officers he was “curious” about her relationship with the friend and claimed his relationship with Ms Leeper was “unique” and “strange”.

Sharpe, 24, of Hilltown, Dundee, pleaded guilty on summary complaint that between September 1 2011 and February 8 this year, at Hilltown, the Central Library at the Wellgate, and elsewhere, he caused Ms Leeper fear or alarm by repeatedly sending her messages, including telling her he knew personal details of her life and making threats and abusive remarks.

Defence solicitor George Donnelly said: “He is truly sorry for the trouble he has caused.

“He has stayed away from her since this came to light.”

Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a community payback order with two years’ supervision and a treatment programme.

He said: “You just did not grasp that harm that you were likely to do.”