Tayside and Central Scotland

Police officer to stand trial on stalking charge

A serving police officer is to stand trial accused of stalking a woman for nearly five years.

Simon Donaldson is alleged to have stalked the woman at addresses in Angus and Dundee, including the city's police headquarters.

Mr Donaldson is alleged to have "repeatedly and persistently" telephoned and texted the woman, and asked her whereabouts and movements.

The trial will take place at Dundee Sheriff Court on 11 July.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2010 and 2015.

Mr Donaldson is alleged to have repeatedly attended the woman's address and driven past her home.

He is also alleged to have approached, texted and called the woman's parents, and demanded to know her whereabouts and movements.

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

Denies charges

A final allegation claims that on one occasion in 2011 he arranged to meet the woman's then partner, pretended he was currently in a relationship with the woman, then showed him a video of the pair "engaging in a sexual act".

Mr Donaldson, 39, whose address was given in court papers as police headquarters in Dundee, denied a charge of stalking.

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC set a trial date in July and granted Mr Donaldson bail.

A Tayside Division spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland can confirm that a 39-year-old man appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court having been reported in connection with breach of the peace, stalking and computer misuse offences."

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