Spurned pensioner 'stalked' his neighbour in Aberdeen

Richard Gordon [Pic: Newsline Scotland] Sentence on Richard Gordon was deferred for background reports

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A pensioner has been found guilty of harassing a neighbour for six years after she refused to go out for a drink with him.

Richard Gordon, 65, spied on Patricia Baxter, 58, after she rejected his offer of a night out.

The retired surveyor went on to wage a campaign of harassment against his neighbours.

Gordon claimed he was carrying out a neighbourhood watch but he was found guilty at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Kieran McLernan found him guilty of four charges of breaching the peace.

The sheriff paid tribute to the neighbourhood for their "commendable tolerance" of Gordon's aggressive actions.

Sheriff McLernan said, while it was no crime for someone to act in an "eccentric or bizarre" manner, it became a social problem when a person used persistent, offensive behaviour.

He said Ms Baxter was clearly a victim of stalking behaviour.

He added: "It is a matter of good fortune and a tribute to the commendable tolerance of that neighbourhood that there was no violent end to the persistent, aggressive, antagonistic, intrusive, upsetting behaviour of the accused."

Sheriff McLernan deferred sentence for background reports.

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