Pensioner who trashed her ex’s house with rotten fish and garlic is banned from contacting her

A bully who ransacked his ex-partner’s house, left rotten fish and offensive messages behind him has been banned for contacting her.

Douglas Trotter’s domestic abuse campaign was exposed when he was convicted of a series of malicious acts after being fired.

The 66-year-old from Giffnock hid matches in a toaster, removed screws from a table and chairs to make them dangerous, damaged clothing and trashed her garden with nasty scraps of paper.

Between November 2020 and February 2021, he also made abusive phone calls to the woman, changed the locks on her home, and tampered with personal belongings.

An earlier hearing was told the 43-year-old victim, who temporarily moved out of her Newton Mearns home when her relationship with Trotter broke down, had also found garlic and fish hidden on the property.

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He was found guilty last month in Paisley Sheriff Court, where he returned on Friday for sentencing, and was ordered to pay 240 hours of community redemption and was subjected to a two-year no-harassment order.

After Trotter’s conviction, Anne Marie Hicks, Assistant Prosecutor for North Strathclyde, said: “Douglas Trotter was found guilty of criminally abusive conduct designed to induce a state of fear and distress in his victim.

“I would like to commend the victim in this case for having the courage to come forward and provide the evidence that will allow us to hold him accountable for his unacceptable behavior.

Trotter wreaked havoc on the garden with abusive messages
Trotter wreaked havoc on the garden with abusive messages

“I encourage anyone who has been the victim of a crime like this to report it to the police.

“The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscals Service (COPFS) is committed to effectively and adequately prosecuting domestic abuse crimes and working with the police and our partners to assist victims in criminal proceedings.”


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