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Stalking victim Ann Moulds to sue tormentor Alex Reid

Ann Moulds
Image caption Ann Moulds successfully campaigned to have stalking recognised as an offence

A stalking victim who successfully campaigned to change the law has been given the go-ahead to sue the former friend who tormented her.

Ann Moulds, 52, is demanding £50,000 damages from 51-year-old Alex Reid over what she suffered when he bombarded her with sexually explicit text messages.

Lawyers for Reid had asked a judge to throw out his victim's damages claim.

At the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Lord Matthews said that Ms Moulds case could go ahead.

Holyrood campaign

Reid, from Prestwick, South Ayrshire, was put on probation for three years in April 2008 after admitting a breach of the peace charge.

His name was also added to the sex offenders' register and he was ordered to carry out unpaid community work.

Image caption Alex Reid admitted a charge of breach of the peace against Ms Moulds

Following his conviction, Ms Moulds, formerly of Prestwick, campaigned at the Scottish Parliament to demand tougher sanctions in such cases.

She described her ordeal to Holyrood's Justice Committee in March 2010, calling for stalking to be recognised as a crime in its own right. The law was changed later that year.

Ms Moulds also raised her damages action at the Court of Session.

Lawyers for Reid asked Lord Matthews to throw the case out, arguing that Ms Moulds had waited too long and that her claim was time-barred.

In a written ruling issued on Tuesday, Lord Matthews backed Ms Moulds right to sue.

His decision opens the way for a further hearing, at a date still to be fixed, when a judge will hear evidence about all Ms Moulds' allegations.

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