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Giffnock man sentenced for domestic abuse

A man who hid raw fish in his former partner’s home and left offensive messages in the property was today sentenced to 240 hours community payback and made subject of a two year non-harassment order.

A 66-year-old man who hid raw fish in his former partner’s home and left offensive messages in the property was today sentenced to 240 hours community payback and made subject of a two year non-harassment order.

Douglas Trotter, of Giffnock near Glasgow, was found guilty of domestic abuse last month (9 March 2022) after subjecting his partner to threatening and abusive behaviour.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard that between November 2020 and February 2021 Trotter made abusive phone calls to the woman as well as changing the locks to her house and interfering with personal items inside.

Trotter was found to have removed screws from a table and chairs to make their use dangerous, damaged clothing and hidden matches in a toaster.

He placed fish and garlic throughout the property, left abusive notes and vandalised the garden.

Returning to court today (22 April) he was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work over the next 12 months and banned from approaching or contacting his victim for a period of two years.

Speaking following the sentencing, Anne Marie Hicks, Assistant Procurator Fiscal for North Strathclyde, said:

“Douglas Trotter was found guilty of a criminally abusive course of behaviour designed to place his victim in a state of fear and distress. 

“I would like to commend the victim in this case for having the courage to come forward and provide the evidence that let us hold him to account for his unacceptable behaviour.

“I encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offences to report this to the police.

“COPFS are committed to prosecuting crimes of domestic abuse effectively and appropriately, and to working with the police and our partners, to support victims through the criminal justice process.”