Policeman to stand trial for stalking

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background
Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

A police officer is to stand trial accused of stalking a woman before showing her partner a revenge porn video of her.

Simon Donaldson, an officer with Police Scotland’s Tayside Division, faces a charge of stalking the woman - who cannot be named for legal reasons - over the course of almost five years at addresses in Dundee and Angus, and even at Police HQ in Dundee.

Donaldson appeared in the dock today (Thursday) accused of having “repeatedly and persistently telephoned and text her and repeatedly ask her whereabouts and movements”.

He is also alleged to have repeatedly approached, text and called her parents demanding to know her whereabouts and movements from them as well as repeatedly attend at her home address and repeatedly drive past it.

Prosecutors say Donaldson also grabbed her, threatened her, shouted at her and attempted to access her email account.

A final allegation claims that on one occasion in 2011 he arranged to meet the woman’s then partner, pretend he was currently in a relationship with the woman then showed him an old video of the pair “engaging in a sexual act”.

Donaldson, 39, whose address was given in court papers as Police HQ in Dundee’s West Bell Street, denied a charge of stalking on summary complaint at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Ross Donnelly, defending, said: “He pleads not guilty. We have received some disclosure from the Crown but do not have witness statements as yet.”

Sheriff Christopher Dickson set a trial date in August.

Donaldson was granted bail meantime.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland’s Tayside Division said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a 39-year-old man appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court today having been reported in connection with Breach of the Peace, Stalking and Computer Misuse offences.”