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Moray abuser given unpaid work for acting 'atrociously' for months

By Ali Morrison

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A QUARRY worker has avoided a custodial sentence for abusing his then-partner.

Elgin Sheriff Court.
Elgin Sheriff Court.

Przemyslaw Krzysztof Wapniarski (45), of Cameron Park Brae, Elgin pushed a woman against a doorframe, threatened to publish "intimate videos" of her on Facebook, damaged household items and sent her abusive messages.

On a single day, he sent her 70 messages with derogatory and threatening language.

The abuser later contacted the woman's family, accusing her of being a prostitute.

At Elgin Sheriff Court on June 1, Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood sentenced Wapniarski to unpaid work and social work supervision as an alternative to custody, and was ordered to avoid his ex-partner.

Fiscal Depute Karen Poke said that, on Saturday, September 4, 2022, Wapniarski was very angry and "was shouting at her as the day went on".

“He threatened that he would post intimate videos of the witness on Facebook," Ms Poke said.

“Later that day, she was contacted by a friend to alert her that messages had been posted on Facebook.

“These were written messages which were abusive in nature."

Ms Poke added that, the same day, Wapniarski also pushed his ex-partner into a doorframe and prevented her from entering the house.

After this incident, and bail conditions coming into force to protect the woman, the 45-year-old began to send her threatening and abusive messages.

Ms Poke said: “On October 23, the witness began to receive a number of messages from the accused which were abusive and threatening.

“On November 17, she received 70 messages."

As part of his abuse, Wapniarski contacted the woman's family members claiming "there are cameras in the house" and that the victim "earns money being being a prostitute".

Ms Poke said another message “indicated that he was going to burn himself alive."

Solicitor Patrick O'Dea, representing Wapniarski, said his client "accepts that he has acted atrociously".

At the time of the offences, Mr O'Dea said, “he was consuming large amounts of alcohol."

“He described himself as having a nervous breakdown, and he was not sleeping and drinking 24 hours a day.

“He was doing all he should not do while matters are challenging."

Mr O'Dea also highlighted that his client has been working at the same job for 13 years, and that he claims he has made "significant efforts to change his behaviour".

“However, he does accept that it is a very serious matter before the court today," Mr O'Dea said.

“He tells me that he has made significant efforts to change his behaviour."

Sheriff Fleetwood gave Wapniarksi 280 hours of unpaid work over one year, two years of social work supervision and a three-year Non Harassment Order toward his ex-partner.

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