John Prosser assaulted ex-partner and sent revenge porn

 

A CULROSS man who twice assaulted his ex and sent an intimate photo of her to her new partner has been ordered to pay £600 in compensation.

John Prosser, 30, of Erskine Brae, threw a shoe at her which hit a blind which then broke and hit her, and on another occasion he pushed her and hit his ex when she went to pick up her belongings.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard the accused and the complainer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been together for around four years prior to the abuse.

Prosser admitted that on July 18, 2017 at Nith Street, Dunfermline, he assaulted his partner by throwing a shoe at her, striking a blind whereby said blind was disabled and struck her on the body to her injury. On September 11, 2017, at the same address, he assaulted her by striking her on the body with his hand and pushing her.

And, on March 28, at his home, he sent an intimate photograph which had not been previously disclosed to the public, by her or with her consent, to another man and in doing so intended to cause her fear, alarm or distress.

After the first incident, it was Prosser who contacted the police, saying he felt guilty. The second assault happened when the complainer had gone to the address to collect her belongings. An argument began and she started to film Prosser. He then pushed her and struck her on the body.

By March this year the complainer had begun a new relationship and became aware that Prosser had sent an intimate photo of her to her current partner.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Matheson-Dear said his client had no previous convictions for abuse, but knew the offences were serious enough for the court to be concerned. He said Prosser believed his ex-partner has been unfaithful but accepts there was no excuse for the abuse.

“He says they split up in October, but they were still seeing each other when she began a relationship with this new man,” Matheson-Dear said. “He tried to tell him that she’d been lying. The relationship is now dead in the water and he realises he needs to grow up as they have a daughter together.”

Sheriff Charles Macnair said: “This was a period of abuse which accumulated to the most serious offence, sending a photo, which you should have never had in the first place, to threaten your ex-partner.

“Having regard to number of charges you are very close to a custodial sentence, but I am prepared to offer you an opportunity.”

As well as the compensation, Prosser was sentenced to 215 hours of unpaid work and a two-year supervision order.

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