THE ex-wife of bogus paramedic Gerard Slater told of his bizarre Walter Mitty life yesterday.

Slater, 42, is facing a prison sentence for molesting woman while posing as an ambulanceman.

His estranged wife, Linda, 38, a former British Transport Police officer, told how their marriage fell apart in two months when she discovered his obsession.

Mrs Slater said: "His behaviour was unbearable. I stuck with the marriage, but he was so weird I couldn't believe a word he was saying.

"I kicked him out and filed for divorce in 1995, citing his unreasonable behaviour in posing as a paramedic as part of the breakdown.

"My decree absolute came through on April 1, 1996. Thankfully, he is now out of my life and he deserves a long jail term."

Slater will be sentenced later this month after Newcastle Crown Court heard how he indecently assaulted two women.

One of his victims was persuaded to strip for "medical examinations" after Slater convinced her he was a real paramedic.

Slater, of Gosforth, Newcastle, fitted his car with flashing blue lights, wore a green ambulance service uniform and filled his home with medical paraphernalia.

He even went out and bought himself a knitted woollen sweater with pictures of ambulances all over it.

Mrs Slater said: "He is a pathological liar, but I never thought he would go as far as he did."

Slater's former fiancee, who wants to be identified only as Barbara, said: "He is a clever person. When I found out what he had done I felt sick.

"I would never have got involved with him had I known.

"He said he worked for Cumbria Ambulance Service and I rang their headqarters, but they had never heard of him."