Richard Brittain stalked a woman who posted a bad review of a book he’d written. He traveled 500 miles from his home in Bedford to her place of work where he hit her on the head with a glass wine bottle.
Texas’ highest criminal court tossed out part of a Texas law banning “improper photography or visual recording” – surreptitious images acquired in public for sexual gratification, often called “upskirting” or “downblousing” – as a violation of federal free-speech rights and an improper restriction on a person’s right to individual thoughts. Ronald Thompson appealed the constitutionality of the law after he was charged in 2011 with 26 counts of improper photography after taking underwater pictures of children swimming at a water park.
Michael Gracie, 51, of Station Road, Cupar, admitted breaching a bail order banning him from contacting or seeing 21-year-old Samantha Thorpe.
The Abertay University student was discovered in her flat in the Opal accommodation on Thursday.
Appearing from custody at Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday, Gracie pleaded guilty to encouraging her to come to his home by taxi, then driving her back to Dundee, between March 21 and 25.
Gracie had previously been freed on bail after being accused of assaulting Miss Thorpe by punching her on the head to her injury at his home address on December 29. But he had been told not to contact her or enter Dundee.
His assault trial begins on June 17 at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.
– From The Dundee Courier
UPDATE: Michael Gracie has changed his cover photo on Facebook to one of the deceased woman. The woman who he will appear in court accused of beating.