Asbo for Aberdeen pensioner spurned by neighbour

Richard Gordon [Pic: Newsline Scotland] Richard Gordon was found guilty after a five-week trial

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A pensioner found guilty of harassing a neighbour after she refused to go out for a drink has been given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.

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

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

Gordon was handed a three-year Asbo and a £2,000 fine at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

He claimed he was carrying out a neighbourhood watch but was found guilty of breaching the peace following a five-day trial last year.

Defence agent Bruce McDonald said: "It is a matter of concern and curiosity that Mr Gordon is in his 60s before being involved in the criminal justice system.

"I think it is fair to say Mr Gordon greatly regrets this chapter in his life.

"His position is that he and Ms Baxter got off on the wrong start. Obviously it is a matter of some sadness that it went on for so many years."

Sheriff Kieran McLernan said Gordon displayed a "gross insensitivity to the right and feelings" of his neighbours and ran a "real risk" of going to prison if his behaviour continued.

He said: "It does not matter if you are 16 or 60 you are still liable to an Asbo if the neighbours need to be protected from your persistent invasion of their privacy."

Sheriff McLernan earlier said Ms Baxter was clearly a victim of stalking behaviour.

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