Woman accused of stalking priest

Woman appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court
Woman appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court

A woman has been accused of conducting a 14-year stalking campaign against a priest.

Claire Timpson is alleged to have bombarded the clergyman with e-mails, made repeated visits to his home and made false complaints about him.

Her behaviour caused the priest “fear and alarm”, according to prosecutors.

Timpson (44), of Plover Way, Motherwell, faces trial in December after denying a series of charges dating between January 2003 and February this year.

One of the charges states she made repeated, uninvited visits to the priest’s house, demanded meetings with him and made complaints about him to the church authorities which she knew to be false.

Timpson appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court where defence agent Ian Scott said she pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sheriff Douglas Brown put her on bail with special conditions banning her from contacting the priest and ordering her to stay away from his house.