Man hounded charity worker after being banned from contacting her

Kevin Travis, 51, ranted on Facebook about Glasgow City Mission worker Susan Tulley.

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A man who hounded a charity worker he had been banned from contacting has been given a 24-month sentence.

Kevin Travis ranted on Facebook about Susan Tulley, who is employed by the Glasgow City Mission homeless organisation.

The 51-year-old had already been the subject of two non-harassment orders not to go near Ms Tulley.

Travis was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court earlier this month.

But, despite his sentence Travis will be released from prison “soon if not immediately” after it emerged he had been in custody since August last year.

Sheriff Joan Kerr granted a new ten-year non-harassment order restricting Travis’ contact with Ms Tulley.

This includes a blanket ban on Travis mentioning Ms Tulley or her personal details on social media.

The sheriff said: “I listened to the evidence with the jury and I must tell you I considered your conduct of posting the name and contact details of Ms Tulley particularly alarming.

“After the conviction, your previous convictions became available and described two which are related to Ms Tulley.

“What those intimate to me is how sinister behaviour said in the trial was.

“What you maintained to do was continue your campaign against her which didn’t breach the terms of the existing orders.

“I hope your long period in custody made you realise the law will protect Miss Tulley from the actions you took against her.”

Prosecutors stated Travis engaged in a course of conduct which caused the 42-year-old fear and alarm.

It was said he published multiple posts on social media about Ms Tulley featuring her phone number and email address.

He also got in contact with her colleagues at the charity with “offensive and alarming” comments as well as putting them online.

The crime was between March 29 and August 6 2020.

Ms Tulley told jurors how she knew Travis through her eight years at Glasgow City Mission.

She confirmed he had a court order not to approach her – but was unaware of the most recent Facebook posts about her until Travis was arrested again.

Her workmate Jack Geddes instead had been alerted while monitoring social media about the charity.

Prosecutor Jacob Tomnay asked: “What were the contents of these posts?”

The witness said: “A lot of them were rants, one of them said ‘Susan Tulley hates foreigners’ and he mentioned some of the other staff. 

“He posted her email address and work mobile number on them.”

Mr Geddes told the court he was alarmed by the messages.

Mr Geddes also said he had been aware of Travis writing a “negative” review about the charity, which “looked like a rant about Susan and the people that worked at Glasgow City Mission.”

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