A former SNP councillor who was fined £1,000 after sending a string of racist messages to his Muslim lover in the wake of the Paris terror attacks has lost an appeal against his conviction.
Craig Melville, who was a councillor in Dundee and also worked as an aide to Nationalist MP Stewart Hosie, sent the derogatory messages to Nadia El-Nakla on the night of the attack on the Bataclan theatre.
In one message, he told Miss El-Nakla that Islam was “a horrible disease”. The texts were later discovered by her husband, who searched her mobile phone after uncovering her affair with Melville.
The 37-year-old, of Dundee, had denied behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, aggravated by racial prejudice, towards Ms El-Nakla that was “likely to cause a reasonable person fear and alarm”.
He was found guilty following a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court in March.
Melville’s legal team argued that the texts should not have been allowed as evidence because they were obtained improperly by his lover’s husband.
Following a hearing at the Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh, Sheriff Principal Marysia Lewis: “It was his wife who made the complaint to the police.
“She voluntarily handed over her iPhone to the police for examination.”