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God awful neighbour.

Byline: CAITLIN MACKAY

A BIBLE-BASHER who claimed God told him to carry out a hate crusade against a neighbour has been jailed for 30 months.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how James Smith, 38, penned a vile letter from his prison cell to Kay Gildea after earlier being jailed for stalking her.

Barmy Smith - who branded himself "The Manic Street-wise Preacher" - said in the letter that Miss Gildea was "a lesbian" and "not fit for God's earth".

The court was told that Smith, who pleaded guilty to breaching the peace, started his bizarre hate campaign against his neighbour in the Maryhill area of Glasgow in 2001.

Sheriff Kenneth MacIver told him: "You targeted Miss Gildea and left her feeling extremely uncomfortable and frightened.

"You may stay a risk to the public and it is my duty to protect them."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 12, 2003
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