Teacher scratched 'pig' onto ex partner police officer's car, recruited another to spray penis on parking spot

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The graffiti attacks happened in June 2023, after his car had been left in the victim's allocated parking bay for two-and-a-half weeks. 

A love-rat maths teacher scratched "PIG" onto his ex police officer girlfriend's car and recruited another lover to spray paint a five-foot penis onto her parking bay. 

Married David Wilkinson fell "head over heels in love" with the cop after they met on match.com in October 2022 and refused to leave her alone when she dumped him.  

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Newcastle Crown Court heard heard he bombarded her with messages, left flowers on her car, bought tickets to take her to a country show in Chicago and lurked outside her home. 

When his sinister persuasion did not win her over Wilkinson vandalised her car with scratches on every panel then, in a separate attack, etched the word "PIG" onto her vehicle's bonnet and door, causing £3,137 damage. 

The court heard after he was arrested, he recruited Carol Hawkins, who said she was also in a relationship with Wilkinson the entire time, to paint a giant penis and the word "slag" onto the cop's parking bay outside her home. 

Prosecutor Helen Towers said the graffiti attacks happened in June 2023, after Hawkins' red car had been left in the victim's allocated parking bay for two-and-a-half weeks. 

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Hawkins' vehicle moved after neighbours left a note complaining about it but within days the victims's car was scratched all over. 

Miss Towers said less than a fortnight later the car came under attack again and added: "She found that the word pig had been scratched onto the paintwork bonnet and driver's door. She stated the word pig was reference to her occupation as a police officer."

Wilkinson was arrested on June 26 last year on suspicion of stalking and causing damage to the vehicle. He was questioned and released on bail. 

Miss Towers said the parking bay was attacked the following day and told the court: "She noticed her allocated car space had been sprayed with spray paint, a penis and the word slag, written in spray paint. 

"The image and writing were about five feet in size. 

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"The complainant burst into tears and felt so degraded and targeted. She felt physically sick."

The court heard when Wilkinson's phone was checked it showed a message he had sent to Hawkins asking "fancy painting a giant c**k tonight?". 

Wilkinson, 50, of Brockwell Place, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, admitted stalking and conspiracy to commit criminal damage. 

Hawkins, 58, of Lyneholme, Gateshead, admitted criminal damage. 

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The victim said in a statement: "I feel I have been betrayed by someone I met innocently and he had taken advantage of my vulnerability. He knew I had just come out of a long term relationship."

The court heard when Wilkinson first spoke to the victim on the dating site he used a fake name, which he said was because he had a "stalker ex partner". 

He revealed his true name and place of work, which the victim researched online to ensure he was telling the truth. 

The court heard they got together every few weeks but Wilkinson often had excuses not to turn up. 

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Eventually, in around November 2022, the victim's mounting suspicions about his behaviour meant she told him she did not like how the relationship was going. 

They continued to meet and even had a trip to Whitby as friends to see if they could make things work but she told him "her heart wasn't in it" and there would be no relationship. 

Wilkinson then continued to bombard her with unwanted contact, offered to take her on a business class trip to Chicago, with the tickets already paid for, stared through her window, left flowers on her car and caused her great unease. 

Miss Towers said during the entire relationship they saw each other around 15 or 16 times. 

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Recorder Angharad Davies sentenced Wilkinson to 15 months, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements and 100 hours unpaid work. He was issued with a five year restraining order to protect the victim and a three year restraining order to keep him away from Hawkins. 

He was ordered to pay £3,000 compensation. 

The recorder told him: "You simply could not accept that the relationship is over. 

"You were simply unable to leave her alone."

Hawkins was sentenced to a 12-month community order with rehabilitation, 80 hours unpaid work, £100 compensation order and a five year restraining order. 

Recorder Davies said Hawkins basis of plea was that she was vulnerable and manipulated by Wilkinson, who made her fear "harm would come to her" if she did not do what he asked. 

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Ian Cook, defending, said Wilkinson's marriage at the time was in a "poor state" and he and his wife had separated but were still living together. 

Mr Cook said Wilkinson resigned from his position as a school teacher but is still doing supply work. 

The court heard Wilkinson also had a business as a private tutor but may be referred to the Teacher's Regulation Authority who could ban him from classrooms. 

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Mr Cook said: "Essentially he fell head over heels in love with her. 

"When the relationship ended it seems he had really lost his way, badly. His usual exemplary standards of decency and good conduct seem to have fallen by the wayside. 

"He is full of remorse for his actions. Looking back, he struggles to explain how he behaved." 

Deborah Smithies, defending Hawkins, said: "By June 2023 she had been in a relationship with David Wilkinson, as far as she is conerned, for a little over a year. 

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"A relationship, she says, was controlling, involving deception, manipulation and abuse. 

"As far as she is concerned she was in a relationship with David Wilkinson throughout the period of his dealings with the complainant."

The court heard Hawkins had also recently come out of a long marriage and now feels "humiliated and used". 

Miss Smithies said Hawkins was at a "low ebb", has low confidence and low self esteem and added: "She was involved through coercion and bears less responsibility for the offending."

Wilkinson denied controlling behaviour in relation to Hawkins.