Woman took revenge on ex-lover with HIV letter

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A WOMAN took revenge on her 'love rat' boyfriend by falsely claiming to his bosses that he was HIV positive.

Care assistant Donna McGinty, 38, became enraged when she found out her ex-partner Julian Ashton was seeing another woman from his work.

The mother-of-one suspected the new girlfriend had caused the break-up of their four-year relationship.

She sent an anonymous letter to Ashton's bosses at UPS Parcels in Edinburgh.

In the letter she claimed that Ashton had HIV and hepatitis, which he kept secret from his workmates.

The false allegations caused enough trouble at the parcel firm for Ashton's bosses to call a meeting with him and confront him about the claims.

When he refuted the allegations, police were called and the letter was traced back to McGinty.

McGinty admitted causing a breach of the peace when she appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today. She was fined 280 for causing stress and alarm to staff at UPS Parcels.

The court heard that the former lovers had an acrimonious split last summer after a four-year relationship.

McGinty and her 13-year-old daughter had lived with Ashton in South Queensferry.

McGinty claimed it had been "an abusive relationship" and she was forced to flee the family home because of Ashton.

In doing this, the care assistant left herself at a disadvantage when the split was being formalised. She claimed to have been "wronged by the financial settlement".

But the last straw for McGinty was learning of a new relationship that Ashton had found himself in with a woman at work.

She immediately suspected it had begun while she was still with Ashton and set about getting her revenge on him.

Last month, McGinty, now of Blackburn, West Lothian, posted off the letter containing the false allegations to Ashton's workplace in South Gyle, Edinburgh, to get back him.

Fiscal Betty Bott told the court: "This anonymous letter caused some anxiety and Ms McGinty's former partner had to attend an interview. When it became clear this was not the case, it was reported to police."

McGinty later admitted the whole episode to the police and claimed she had done it because he had been a "rat" to her.

She entered a plea of guilty when she appeared on an undertaking yesterday.

Matthew Nicholson, defending McGinty, said: "Emotionally she was a wreck at the time and was very upset by the situation. She is very ashamed of her behaviour."

Sheriff James Farrell reduced her financial penalty to 280 for the offence because of her early plea.