Pensioner accused of sending threatening emails to Nicola Sturgeon

William Curtis allegedly sent a series of distressing emails and messages to the FM and another politician.

Pensioner accused of sending ‘threatening’ messages to Nicola Sturgeon and ‘sitting on sheriff’ Google Maps

A pensioner has gone on trial accused of threatening Nicola Sturgeon as well as the assault and abduction of a sheriff.

William Curtis is further charged with sending a video in connection with the murder of MP Jo Cox to another nationalist politician.

The 70-year-old denies the claims at the High Court in Glasgow.

The indictment first alleges that he sent emails and posted social media messages making “threatening remarks” to the First Minister between February 27 and March 6, 2019.

It is said this would likely have caused “fear and alarm”.

Curtis is then accused of acting in a similar manner towards former Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson.

This charge claims on March 9, 2019 the OAP sent a threatening online message which also contained a link to a video relating to the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Both accusations are said to have occurred at an address in Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire.

Curtis is also charged – along with 60-year-old Philip Mitchell – of attacking Sheriff Robert McDonald on June 29, 2021.

The incident is said to have happened in St Mary’s car park in Banff, Aberdeenshire – the town where Sheriff McDonald presides.

It is claimed the pair did assault and abduct him by grabbing him, pulling the lawyer to the ground then sitting on top of him and detaining him against his will.

Curtis alone faces two further charges of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.

Curtis is represented by defence KC Gareth Jones, but Mitchell is representing himself. A not guilty plea has been lodged for Mitchell.

Curtis has a special defence of incrimination claiming the allegations involving Stewart Stevenson were committed by someone else.

The trial, before judge Lord Weir, continues.

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