Ex-Scottish laird who was in prison twice for conspiring to murder a woman is ordered to stay away from her
Malcolm Potier (pictured at a previous hearing) was described by a judge as ‘a grave danger to women’ after attempting to overturn a court order prohibiting him from contacting a woman he wanted to murder
A former Scottish laird who was in prison twice for conspiring to murder a woman has been told to stay away from his intended victim, who is now under worldwide witness protection.
Malcolm Potier, 69, was sentenced to six years in prison in Australia in 2002 for asking a hitman to murder the woman who cannot be named by name for legal reasons.
Potier paid a fellow inmate £ 4,600 to murder his intended victim and her boyfriend, but future hitman Alessandro Basso fled with the money to his native Italy.
Potier’s sentence was extended by 12 years in 2006 when he plotted against her life for the second time in prison in Long Bay, New South Wales.
The former multi-millionaire, who acquired the title of baron when he bought the Hebrides island of Gigha in 1989, is not allowed to contact the woman and her family.
Potier was given the subject of a Violent Offender Order instituted by the Metropolitan Police after landing at Heathrow following his release from prison in December 2015.
The warrant states that the woman is now on a worldwide witness protection program following Potier’s conviction for incitement to murder in Australia.
A judge described him as a “grave danger to women,” renewed the injunction and ruled that Potier should not contact his victim or her family for the next five years, when the injunction will be revised again.
Potier represented himself today at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a black suit and insisted the victims had ‘lied’ in his latest challenge.
The warrant, placed under section 100 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, states that Potier’s “ persistent and obsessive behavior, with regard to contacting … has caused all concerned to suffer severe anxiety and constant and great fear of their safety.’
On the day he arrived in the UK, a preliminary injunction was imposed prohibiting Potier from making contact with the victim and her family.
The former multi-millionaire, who acquired the title of baron when he bought the Hebridean island of Gigha (photo) (photo) in 1989, is not allowed to contact the woman and her family.
Originally from Sevenoaks, Kent, Potier was first arrested in Sydney in early 2000 after immigration authorities discovered he had entered Australia with a false passport.
The former baron was sent to a detention center where he met the future hitman and asked him to kill the victim.
Potier, who continues to maintain his innocence, now alleges that the victims made “false” statements to the police to enforce the violent perpetrator.
He told District Judge Michael Snow today: “They lied, they have a strong motive for lying.
‘In no form or form do I represent any danger to those persons and there is significant evidence and the most telling evidence … this when I cross-examined the police officer about the incidents the persons complained about.
What is an order of violence?
In 2009, orders of violence were introduced by the government.
Its purpose was to enable courts to administer violent perpetrators even after they are released from prison.
They are classified as ‘civil preventive orders’ that can be obtained from the court upon request of a senior officer.
When awarded, they contain restrictions, prohibitions or conditions imposed on the offender.
These restrictions must be considered by the court as necessary for public protection.
Restrictions include prohibiting the offender from a specific address from contacting specific people or attending a specific event.
They can last up to five years unless they are renewed or fired.
Violation of the terms of a VOO, or failure to comply with the notification requirements of a VOO, is an offense punishable by imprisonment for 5 years.
Allegations related to a shotgun and knives.
She said she was concerned about strange cars parked outside, there’s no evidence to support it other than what she said.
‘It is fiction, they should not be protected from what are demonstrable lies.
‘There is nothing.’
Potier blamed the police for bringing the warrant forward, telling the court that the victim’s statements were ‘falsified’.
He claimed, ‘If there had been these terrible things that are said to have happened, there would be data, but there isn’t.
Some of their statements are falsified. If you compare handwriting, you will see that they differ dramatically. ‘
The judge told Potier that the warrant would remain in effect after hearing of his “troubling” behavior.
Judge Snow said: “This is a necessary innovation, it is proportionate to the risk that has been identified.
What jumps out of the pages of this case is how frankly disturbing this case really is.
The behavior in Australia was not isolated – it included extreme violence, including firearms.
After the order, there was a series of attempts by Mr. Potier to undo it, again showing obsessive behavior on his behalf.
He is someone who has not faced his past behavior and the risk he poses.
And my concerns have grown at this particular hearing, first his attempts to force victims to come to court to testify against him.
The second factor is Mr. Potier’s revelation that he has searched for (the victims) for the past three years while being subject to two orders placed against him, one for violent offender and one for non-sexual assault. ‘
The judge granted the extension of the order of assault, adding that Potier “poses a grave danger to women.”
The order will remain in effect for five years before a new request for extension of the order is filed in court.
Judge Snow extended the Met’s Violent Offender Order for another five years in a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today, describing Potier as’ a grave danger to women ‘
Potier previously told the court that the victims told a “ litany of lies ” and claimed they should be sentenced in court to testify.
He said the woman was also happy to live a public life with a “ wide internet presence, ” despite claiming to fear for her life.
He said: ‘She has a wide internet presence and she’s posted photos under her new name.
“People under witness protection like to lead public lives.”
Judge Snow asked, “How do you know? When did you perform these searches? ‘
Potier replied, “A few years ago.”
Robert Cohen, on behalf of the Applicants, said Potter’s claims were “surprising and horrifying.”
Mr. Cohen added: “There are very good reasons why these witnesses should not come to court.
“There is clear evidence that they remain in a state of absolute fear of Mr. Potier.”
The former real estate magnate, who beat Mick Jagger in 1989 to buy Gigha for £ 5.4 million, also owned Grade II listed buildings in Glasgow.
In 1994 he was declared bankrupt and the island was seized by a Swiss bank.