Scottish soccer star who ‘controlled’ her ex forced her to delete Instagram and stop seeing friends

A former Scottish soccer star who put his girlfriend through a domestic abuse control course that lasted almost seven months has been saved from jail after a bailiff heard how the injury had killed his hopes of a career in the game. and had left him with physical and mental problems. affairs”.

Calvin Grey, 25, who was told by a court that he trained with Valencia and Villarreal as well as Dunfermline FC, became “insecure and jealous” during his relationship with 24-year-old Emerald Jeffrey.

He checked on her “constantly”, repeatedly checking her mobile phone and repeatedly accusing her of talking to other men.

Things got so bad that he closed his social media accounts during what Gray described as a “course of abusive behavior”.

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Prosecutor James Moncrieff told Falkirk Sheriff’s Court: “He was constantly calling and texting her and if she didn’t respond in time, he wondered why he hadn’t.”

“As a result of his behavior, she decided to delete his Snapchat and Instagram accounts to minimize the chances of him becoming jealous.

“This progressed over time and she was seeing her family and friends less and less and when there was an arrangement to meet up she would often cancel for different reasons.”

Miss Jeffrey, 24, finally told him that their relationship had ended in April of last year (2021), and then she started receiving spam emails from him.

In them, he called her “s***”, accused her of being with other men, and “generally blamed her for their breakup”.

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He also wrote her a letter, begging her to accept him and apologizing for his behavior.

Moncrieff said, “She read about a quarter of the way through the letter before she started to feel sick and had to stop.”

After more spam email contacts, Ms. Jeffrey called the police and Gray was arrested.

He told officers he had “mega-trust issues” and accepted what he had done.

At Falkirk Sheriff Court Grey, of Cairneyhill, Fife, pleaded guilty to taking part in a course of behavior abusing Miss Jeffrey, against the Scottish Parliament’s Domestic Abuse Acts 2018.

The incidents were said to have taken place between November 22, 2020 and June 5, 2021 at an address in Polmont, Stirlingshire.

The prosecution dismissed a charge that he tried to stop Ms. Jeffrey from working as a fitness instructor.

Defending attorney Ian Beatson said a social background report on Gray revealed he was “a young man who has a number of problems both physically and mentally.”

He said: “There is a reference in the report to him winning a football scholarship in Italy.

“It was actually in Spain.

“He trained with Valencia and Villarreal.

“After that he was training for Dunfermline and was seriously injured.

“As a result of that, his potential football career came to an end.”

The attorney said a relationship Gray had been in since he was 14 also ended at the same time.

Beatson said, “The breakup of that relationship coincided with the injury, and there were other issues as well.”

Sheriff Christopher Shead said that according to the criminal justice social work report, Gray suffered from “rank difficulties.”

He said: “It seems there is some approach to supervision.”

Gray, now a social care officer with a private sector Scottish care provider, was placed under supervision for 18 months and handed over a payment order to the community requiring him to do 110 hours of unpaid work.

Sheriff Shead warned him, “If the order is violated, you will be taken back to court and sentenced again.”

He was also subject to a 12-month non-harassment order that required him to stay away from Ms. Jeffrey.

Outside of court, Gray declined to comment on the case.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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