Woman gets community service for faking pregnancy after one night stand

A woman has been sentenced to community service after faking a pregnancy following a one night stand.

Woman gets community service for faking pregnancy after one night stand: At Perth Sheriff Court on Wednesday Jaclyn McGowan, 36, from Perth and Kinross, pleaded guilty to causing alarm and fear after lying. She had made Jamie Aitken and his family believe she was pregnant for nine months. Sheriff Lindsay Foulis sentenced McGowan to 150 hours of community service.

The court heard how McGown had met Mr Aitken in June 2019 on the dating app Tinder. They got on well and spent the night in a hotel. Two weeks later she informed Mr Aitken she was carrying his child. They reached an agreement to try and raise the baby together. However, in August McGowan wanted £300 off him for a cot which he refused.

She then told him she had lost the baby before changing her mind and saying it was a false alarm. She continued for months to hound both him and his family. Mr Aitken filed a police report against McGowan in October 2020 saying he felt suicidal. She had previously blocked his messages in the February and not had any contact with him since.

McGowan’s solicitor stated in court that Mr Aitken did not want the baby and tried to force McGowan into an abortion. Sheriff Foulis said “It seems to me that these actions fall on the less serious category but certainly don’t diminish your actions. You pleaded guilty to causing fear and alarm over a period of nine months, so when I say it is on the less serious side, none the less I have to bear that in mind.”

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