A MIDWIFE who sent abusive messages to two women who were involved with her estranged husband has been admonished at Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Kirby Brookfield, 34, from Melrose, pleaded guilty to threatening or abusive behaviour aggravated by racial prejudice.
The offences happened on February 9 and September 5 through social media.
The court heard Brookfield’s marriage had broken down after eight years in 2020.
She became aware he was involved in a relationship with another woman.
Procurator fiscal Alison Atkins said that Brookfield sent a private Instagram message to the mother of the woman saying: “Your daughter had a sexual relationship when she was in Scotland with my husband. According to him she drinks and smokes which I believe is against your Hindu beliefs. You must be proud of her.”
The message was intercepted by the woman before it got to her mother and passed onto Brookfield’s ex-partner.
Brookfield also targeted another woman when she became aware he had been chatting to her by checking phone records.
On September 5 she sent a message to the woman which was then forwarded onto the ex-husband.
The message said if someone threatened her or her kids she would not hold back.
It continued: “If you want a war I will give you one. I know about you and you know nothing about me.
“See this as a friendly warning and stay back from my husband.”
Brookfield’s lawyer explained that she worked as a midwife with NHS Lothian and a criminal conviction could affect her career prospects. He explained she had been very distressed trying to retain her family.
She had sent the messages out of anger.
The lawyer suggested an absolute discharge be imposed so that it would not show up as a criminal conviction.
Instead, Sheriff Peter Anderson admonished Brookfield which will show up as a criminal conviction.