By KIRSTY TOPPING
A woman launched a campaign of harassment against a former policeman after finding out he had been convicted of possessing indecent images containing children, a court has heard.
Lana Robertson, 37, was found guilty at Perth Sheriff Court of making abusive remarks to [name withheld] in August and October 2011.
Mr [name withheld] was jailed in 2009 after being found with 14 indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children and 43 indecent videos depicting children as young as three engaged in sexual acts with adults and animals.
He was sentenced to one year in prison, and put on licence for a further two. He was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Robertson, formerly of Rannoch Road, denied the charges and claimed the accusations had been fabricated to “get her into trouble”.
The court heard how she had shouted “paedo” and “paedophile” at Mr [name withheld].
Mr [name withheld] and his partner of 14 years, [partner name withheld], told how the abuse had left them “upset” and “fearful”.
Sheriff Lindsay Foulis was told how, on August 23 2011, Robertson screamed abuse at Mr [name withheld] as he and Ms [partner name withheld] drove along with their car windows open.
Mr [name withheld] said: “All I could make out was ‘schools’ and ‘paedophiles’. I was distressed by it.”
On another occasion on October 9 the same year, Mr [name withheld] and Ms [partner name withheld] had returned to their home when Robertson passed by in the passenger seat of a red car, leaned across the driver and yelled “paedo”.
Mr [name withheld] claimed to have a log of 140 other incidents where Robertson had targeted them.
Ms [partner name withheld] said the abuse had prevented the couple from moving on after Mr [name withheld] was released from prison.
Sobbing in the witness box, the 59-year-old said: “Our home’s not our home. We can’t relax there, we are continually watching who walks down the street.”
Asked by Robertson’s defence agent, John McLaughlin, if the incidents had been fabricated, she said: “I wouldn’t go to these lengths just to get someone into trouble.”
Robertson denied either incident had occurred and accused Ms [partner name withheld] of putting on an act for the court.
She said that she had learned of Mr [name withheld]'s conviction from a neighbour and while she thought it was “disgusting” she had no issue with him living nearby.
However, she had an argument with him.
Sheriff Foulis determined that it was “beyond reasonable doubt that (Robertson) shouted abuse at Mr [name withheld].”
Sentence was deferred for 12 months for Robertson to be of good behaviour.