Victim describes serial stalker as “a monster”

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

A serial stalker was today (Wednesday) facing jail after he admitted terrorising one of his victims from his prison cell and even threatening to decapitate any man she was in contact with.

Mark Boucher made a string of threats to his former partner Jasmine McGraw after he had already been locked up over other offences.

He now faces a lengthy jail term after he admitted stalking Miss McGraw, as well as his other ex partners Laura Walker, Melissa Low and Diane Thomson.

Obsessed Boucher made the threats to Miss McGraw after he was last year spared jail for posting a picture of himself on Facebook brandishing a huge machete - then threatening to attack her.

Even while locked up he claimed he could access her social media accounts to check up on her.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard “controlling” Boucher had harassed all four of his victims during and after their relationships - even accusing them of being unfaithful when he himself was seeing other women.

He demanded that Diane Thomson send him pictures to prove where she was and would turn up to meet her at her work early to check up on her.

She branded him a “monster” and told how he started off their relationship “bubbly and nice” - but later turned into an “intimidating, controlling” thug.

And while with Miss Low he repeatedly criticised her to the point where she gave up on going out with friends.

She broke up with Boucher when she found out he was seeing another woman - but he continued to harass her with calls and letters.

And with Miss Walker he would make offensive remarks to her and constantly harass her while she was out with friends - on one occasion calling her 40 times in a single night.

Describing the final stage of his harassment of Miss McGraw, fiscal depute Vicki Bell told the court: “He contacted her from prison and said he had access to her social media accounts.

“He admitted he was stalking her from prison.

“He called her 14 times from prison and his voice could be identified in the recordings.

“He was obsessed with her being unfaithful and said he would decapitate any male she was in contact with.

“He would shout that he didn’t care if he gets years in jail would eventually get out.

“At one point he whistled as if to another prisoner and said ‘get to her house’ before naming the street where she lived.”

Boucher, 28, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to four charges of stalking committed between October 2007 and January this year at locations in Dundee, Perth and Forfar.

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC deferred sentence for social work background reports until later this month.

Boucher was remanded in custody meantime.

Diane Thomson, who was stalked by Boucher between January 2013 and last May, said Boucher had become “stranger and stranger” and had tracked her movements - and claimed he had got another woman pregnant while with her.

She said: “We were only together for six months.

“To start with, he seemed really bubbly and like a nice guy. Everybody liked him.

“But after a few weeks, he started being really controlling.

“He started accusing me of being places I wasn’t — I would tell him I was with my mum, but he would accuse me of being with other guys, of cheating on him — it was just non-stop.

“Then he started asking me to send him pictures of when I was at my work and things just to prove I was there.

“He was really intimidating too. He was a big guy and came running at me one time when I was pregnant. He was shouting and swearing about some guy he was accusing me of going with.

“I took a panic attack because I’ve been in an abusive relationship before.

“He’s done so much to not just me but those other lassies as well. He’s a monster.”