Man who stalked ex partner in Fife and Dundee avoids jail

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

A stalker who followed his victim round a Tesco store then later confronted her in the store’s car park and threatened to kill her partner has today (Wednesday) avoided a jail term.

Mark Dowie bombarded his ex with hundreds of text messages and wrote her letters up to 80 pages long during his three and a half month campaign of harassment, which took place in Tayport and Dundee.

The couple had broken up after 26 years in March last year.

But Dowie couldn’t handle the break up and began deluging her with messages begging her to come back.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court the tensions had escalated to such an extent that a confrontation erupted in the car park of Dundee’s Tesco Riverside store.

During that Dowie made derogatory sexual remarks before threatening to kill her new partner who was in the car.

Dowie (45), a prisoner at HMP Perth, had previously pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of stalking and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.

The offences took place at addresses in Tayport and at Tesco, Riverside Drive, Dundee, between March 21 and July 6, 2015.

Peter Mullen, defending, said Dowie refuted the suggestion he had gone to Tesco with the intent of starting a confrontation.

Sheriff George Way imposed a community payback order with two years supervision and a conduct requirement not to approach or contact the complainers in the case.

A non-harassment order preventing Dowie from contacting them for five years was also imposed.