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Former nurse sentenced for cyber stalking campaign

A 27 year-old who carried out a campaign of harassment against a number of women has been sentenced to 22 months in prison, made the subject of a non-harassment order and placed on the sex offenders register.

Adele Rennie, a former nurse, has admitted using a host of invented aliases to carry out a series of stalking and sexual offences, a breach of the Computer Misuse Act and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that Rennie, using the names David Graham, David Crolla and Davie, Marco and Matthew Mancini, pursued online relationships with ten women through various social media, dating websites and applications over a four year period.

She often reused the same storyline and characters, referencing the same names and using the same photos in each interaction.

In some instances she’d call and speak to her victims using a voice changing application.

She would arrange to meet her victims and then cancel at the last moment often with the excuse that close family were very ill.

The court was told how some victims received flowers from her invented characters which were hand delivered by Rennie.

Rennie accessed the medical records of one of her victims in an attempt to obtain further details.

Rennie admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by concealing a mobile phone in a bathroom during a police search of her home. She also admitted attempting to delete an Instagram account, sending a victim a fake identification card she had made in a bid to prove one of her aliases was a real person and of disposing of a mobile phone in a bin.

While on bail, she accessed a number of dating and social media sites and contacted one of her victims.

Laura Mundell, Procurator Fiscal for North Strathclyde said:

“I welcome the conviction and sentence of Adele Rennie.

“Her campaign of stalking and harassment and the invasion of the personal lives of her victims was wholly unacceptable and caused significant anxiety and alarm.

“Stalking can have a devastating and lasting impact on the lives of victims and we will continue to prosecute stalking offences effectively and appropriately, and use the full powers of the legislation available to us.

“We would encourage anybody who is the subject of this type of behaviour to have no hesitation in reporting what is happening to the police and to be reassured that police and prosecutors take such offences extremely seriously.”