An Edinburgh man has pleaded guilty to harassing his estranged wife by distributing racy pictures of her in public places - including outside her children's school.
Risqué flyers of Alison Kidd, a mum of two, started appearing around the East Craigs area of Edinburgh shortly after she left her husband, Ian Cuthbert, in September last year. The pictures showed the nursery assistant posing with legs splayed, wearing a lacy black negligée.To add insult to injury, the intimate snaps were emblazoned with captions such as 'Lock up your husbands!' and 'Married 16/03/2013 & Committed Adultery Within Days!', a reference to Cuthbert's belief that Kidd had been cheating on him just days after their wedding.
The posters were nailed to trees, placed under windscreen wipers, stuffed through letterboxes and even posted outside the primary school her two children attend.
Appalled friends notified Kidd of the humiliating vendetta being waged by Cuthbert and she contacted the police.
IT manager Cuthbert admitted distributing the posters, but in mitigation claimed that he was in an "extreme state" at the time.
The pair had only been married six months when their relationship started to fall apart. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Kidd recount that Cuthbert was "very bitter" when she announced she was leaving him and had hounded her with abusive texts and emails.
The incident left her "shocked and embarrassed" and she is now bent on finalising their divorce. Her brief union with 46-year-old Cuthbert had been "very bad time in my life", she said.
"To be honest I wasn't surprised he did something like that," Kidd, 34, told the court. "It was the sort of thing he would do. He's a nasty piece of work."
Sheriff Isabella McColl appeared to agree with this assessment, telling Cuthbert that his behaviour was "a form of assault". Sentencing was deferred while the court awaited further reports.