A stalker who hounded the leader of Glasgow City Council over a housing problem has been ordered to stay away from her.

Amanda McCutcheon targeted Susan Aitken for three months with texts and letters and turned up at the City Chambers demanding to speak to her.

Yesterday at Glasgow Sheriff Court, 46-year-old McCutcheon was ordered to perform 200 hours unpaid work in the community and placed on a curfew.

The mother-of-two sent the politician a letter with the phrase “I was wondering if you have a death wish” and “You know the old saying Susan, you can run but you cannot hide”.

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She also posted comments on social media describing Ms Aitken as “psycho Susan” and told a social worker and police she was going to attack her.

McCutcheon, of Dennistoun, had previously been convicted of stalking Ms Aitken over a three-month period between January and March.

Ms Aitken had told the court that when she was shown the letter, she was disturbed and added: “I was taken aback... It was definitely an implicit threat.”

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The letter, from McCutcheon, referred to problems she had with her home.

The court heard McCutcheon also visited the City Chambers in February and shouted and swore at staff there.

Ms Aitken told the court that because of McCutcheon’s stalking campaign she no longer travels by public transport and never holds surgeries on her own.

McCutcheon said it was possible she did swear at council staff when she turned up at the City Chambers but claimed she went there to sort things out.

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She denied making any threats to attack Ms Aitken.

But Sheriff Lindsay Wood said: “This was a deliberate campaign against Susan Aitken.”