Woman 'wore fake baby bump to trick man into thinking she was pregnant'

A woman allegedly used a prosthetic baby bump to trick a man’s family into believing she was pregnant, send the man abusive messages and procure money from him. 

A court heard that Jaclyn McGowan sent Jamie Aitken a photo of a cot and demanded £300 for it.

She told him repeatedly that she was having miscarriages and sent him messages saying he would never be a part of the baby’s life, prosecutors alleged.

McGowan, 35, even contacted Mr Aitken’s mum, Wendy Aitken, with fake scan photos accusing her son of refusing to attend appointments or support her while pregnant, Perth Sheriff Court heard.

She is said to have told Mr Aitken’s family she was having his son on March 28 this year and had named him Noah. 

Prosecutors said McGowan, from Rattray, Scotland, showed up at Mr Aitken’s brother’s work to tell him he could be involved in the baby’s life ‘whilst wearing a prosthetic baby bump’.

Solicitor Mike Tavendale told the court McGowan could not appear to give her plea.

He said he expected her to be discharged today and asked for the case to be continued without plea until early next year, which was granted by Sheriff Neil Bowie.

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