Vicious pub landlord choked ex and opened her mail over months of harassment

A pub landlord has admitted choking, verbally abusing and repeatedly harassing his former partner.

Jeff Stewart, 53, of Dundee Road, Broughty Ferry, Scotland, repeatedly made abusive remarks to the woman and attempted to hug and kiss her between October 1 last year and March 31 this year, the Daily Record reports.

Stewart, who owns the Anchor bar on Gray Street in Broughty Ferry, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court to engaging in an abusive course of behaviour towards the woman on Dundee Road, Broughty Ferry, the street where he lives.

He admitted repeatedly shouting and swearing at the woman and referring to her with abusive terms, as well as attempting to hug and kiss her.

Stewart repeatedly sent the woman messages and phoned her.

During the same period, he demanded she returned a vehicle. The woman was repeatedly questioned regarding her relationships by Stewart.

He also pleaded guilty to questioning the woman's daughter about her whereabouts.

Stewart, who has previous convictions, opened the woman's mail, as well as pushing her on the body, seizing hold of her wrist, seizing her by the throat and compressing it.

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Charges of grabbing the woman's buttocks, following her, repeatedly attempting to remove jewellery from her and questioning her appearance were dropped by the Crown.

Solicitor Scott Norrie opted to reserve any mitigation until social work reports had been prepared.

Sentencing was deferred until next month by Sheriff Richard McFarlane.

Stewart's bail order was allowed to continue.

The Anchor is one of Broughty Ferry's most popular pubs, and Stewart is a well-known landlord who has been behind a number of community initiatives.

In the days leading up to the first lockdown, the Anchor handed out some 500 meals to the public, with Stewart posting a message on Facebook hoping "everyone stays safe to enjoy better times".

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