Ex Brigade Reconnaissance Force servant Gareth Nicholas made “unfounded allegations” that his former partner, Police Constable Carrie-Ann McNab, had neglected or abused a child.
He bombarded social workers with abusive emails, recorded a conversation without their consent, and repeatedly posted offensive remarks about them, and their personal details, on social media.
He also sent a letter to the youngster he claimed had been abused making comments about PC McNab.
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Nicholas, who is also said to have served in the Royal Navy, Welsh Guards and parachute regiment, went to the school of the eight-year-old girl in question, erecting a banner on the fence outside which read: “Parental Alienation is Child Abuse.”
And he threatened to erect more banners outside the child’s school, in a domestic abuse campaign.
The details emerged today when the case against Nicholas, 36, called at Paisley Sheriff Court.
Nicholas appeared in court via video link from the prison where he was being held on remand over the case.
He pleaded guilty to charges of behaving in a threatening or abusive way towards social workers, “engaging in a course of behaviour which was abusive” of his ex-partner, and illegally possessing an unspecified number of live 5.56mm bullets.
The offences were committed between September 1, 2019, and July 20, 2020, in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire.
After hearing that the facts of the case would take nearly an hour to be explained to the court, Sheriff Colin Pettigrew opted to reserve hearing the details until next month.
Defence solicitor David Mitchell explained: “He has one previous conviction for speeding.
“The rest of his previous convictions revolve around his relationship with his ex.
“He was due to be assessed for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when he was remanded in custody.
“He spent eight years in the armed forces, serving in the Royal Navy, Welsh Guards and parachute regiment.
“He was also in the reconnaissance brigade in Afghanistan for which, for want of a better phrase, you have to be highly vetted.”
After hearing that Nicholas knew a prison sentence was likely, but that he wanted to “get his affairs in order” Sheriff Pettigrew granted him bail and adjourned the case until next month.
Last year Nicholas was caged over a previous campaign of abuse towards PC McNab, who saved a teenager’s life while on duty.
He inundated the officer with abusive texts, phone calls and voicemails and smashed her living room window with a brick after threatening her, calling her “a pale, infected-skin bird, a bitch, a sad c***, and a junkie lookalike.”
He sent the insults through text last February – then turned up at her home the following week and refused to leave, being arrested at the property by her colleagues.
In 2017, PC McNab saved a teenage girl’s life after receiving a call to attend woodland in the north of Glasgow.
The girl, 19, had told her doctors she was feeling depressed and suicidal – then went missing.
Officers searched an area near her house for an hour with no luck but when PC McNab, who is in Police Scotland’s Dog Branch, arrived on the scene with her dog Cargo, it took them five minutes to find the girl.
Unconscious and with a ligature around her neck, the officer used seat belt cutters to free her and called for an ambulance.
Speaking of the incident, PC McNab said: “They told me she survived by a matter of minutes.
“Of course, that was one of the better outcomes.
“Sometimes you’re just too late and the person has already died.
“I’ve had that, and those jobs stay with you.”