Dumped steelworker done for graffiti attack as he spelt "cheating" wrong in campaign over wife's lesbian relationship
A DUMPED ex-husband who took revenge on his former wife by spraying graffiti was caught because he wrongly spelled the word “cheating”.
Port Talbot steelworker Aaron Fraser, 48, covered his neighbourhood in graffiti saying his former wife was “cheeting” on him with another woman.
But a court heard Fraser was caught because his former wife Melanie, 44, recognised his handwriting - and police put him through a spelling test.
Police asked him to write out the graffiti abuse where Fraser again wrongly wrote: "Cheeting Melanie and Monique Lesbian Lovers."
A court heard after the breakdown of the marriage Mrs Fraser had started a relationship with nurse Monique Harcombe, 49.
Prosecutor John Warren said: "One morning Miss Harcombe opened her curtains and saw the words lesbian lover sprayed on her neighbour’s wall.
"She told police that Fraser had ruined her life and was on medication and afraid to go out."
He also sprayed graffiti near his mother-in-law's home and at a bus stop.
Melanie told the court Fraser was "controlling" when they were married and six years later he was still trying to control her.
She said: "I can’t live my life as I want to live it."
Byron Broadstock, defending, said: "After 22 years together it has taken him a considerable time to appreciate he and his wife are finished.
"He knows he has caused stress to his family with this dreadfully immature and disturbing behaviour but he continues to support them financially."
Fraser pleaded guilty to stalking Ms Harcombe, his former wife Melanie Fraser and spraying homophobic graffiti.
Judge David Wynn Morgan told him: "You made life hell for your ex-wife and the person she entered into a relationship with after your marriage came to an end."
Following the court case nurse Melanie Fraser told of the “hell” she had suffered at her former husband’s graffiti taunts - no matter how they were spelt.
The 44-year-old said: "He sprayed graffiti down the alley my children use to walk to school.
"And it was right around the corner from my elderly mum's house. It is no joke for me.
"This has been going on for years and it's been hell. I know it was him and police proved it by checking the spelling.
"I just want him to stop and move on for the sake of our two kids, if nothing else."
Fraser, who lives just a half-a-mile from his ex-wife, is in the Territorial Army and has served in Afghanistan.
Mrs Fraser has two children with her ex-husband.
Her new partner Ms Harcombe is also a nurse with one child.
Melanie said: "I don't know if we could have got through this if we didn't have our children
"It's been so hard. but we are still here because of them."