Paolo Nutini impersonator bombarded ex-partner with hundreds of calls

Jamie McArthur - known professionally as Paolo Martini - contacted the woman at least 260 times.

Paolo Nutini impersonator Jamie McArthur bombarded ex-partner with hundreds of calls SNS Group

A Paolo Nutini impersonator who bombarded his former partner with phone calls has been ordered to do unpaid work. 

Jamie McArthur – known professionally as Paolo Martini – contacted the woman between April and June 2023.

The 32-year-old, of Cambuslang, rang her at least 260 times.

McArthur was heard to repeatedly change his voice during some of the calls.

He stated that he loved her and asked the woman to guess who he was and the letters of his name.

McArthur pled guilty to engaging in a course of behaviour which was abuse of his partner or ex-partner.

The court heard that the pair were in a relationship for ten months in 2018.

McArthur left his victim 40 missed calls on April 12, 2023, from a withheld number.

A further 40 calls were made to her the following day.

These calls were made in the early hours of the morning.

On April 22, the woman answered some of the calls which she recorded and a man’s voice could be heard.

He said: “I love you, I’m sorry, make me feel safe, guess who I am, can you meet me tomorrow, guess the letters of my name.”

She was unable to recognise the voice behind the calls.

Prosecutor Stewart McLean added: “It appeared to be a put on voice.

“She asked throughout the calls who it was.”

The woman was contacted again the next day when she answered four calls.

The person on the other end again appeared to be putting on a voice saying the same things as before.

Four days later, there were 45 missed calls in the early hours of the morning.

The woman contacted the police and reported the number to the O2 nuisance call bureau.

Police systems determined that then number had previously been provided to them by McArthur.

The calls continues with sometimes receiving between three to 20.

Mr McLean said: “On May 22, there were over 120 missed calls – her call log could only hold 120.”

A voicemail left was noted as being McArthur.

A number previously linked to McArthur was also identified.

Police attended McArthur’s home on June 12 and he provided his phone number which was the same as the one reported to O2.

In reply to caution in charge he said: “There will be a counter charge.”

Amy Spencer, defending, told the sentencing that the end of the relationship left her client with “unresolved issues”.

The lawyer added: “The best he can tell me about these calls, which he fully acknowledges were persistent and grossly excessive, was in relation to receiving some closure to the difficulties that occurred. 

“He accepts he behaved in the complete wrong way and went about this in an inappropriate manner.

“He is in the entertainment industry and has his own business.”

Sheriff Michael Hanlon told McArthur that this was a “serious offence” but would “take a step back from custody”.

McArthur was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and put under supervision for 15 months.

A three-year non-harassment order was also granted restricting McArthur’s contact with his former partner.

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