A LOCHGELLY man who demanded that his former partner come home from holiday to give him sex has been told that his behaviour was "disgraceful".

David Smart berated his ex-partner for going away without seeing to his sexual needs.

He went on to send abusive messages to the woman and later continued the abusive behaviour by bombarding her with phone calls and texts before threatening to “burn her”.

Appearing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Smart, 40, of Main Street, had previously admitted that between September 7 and 30, 2017 at his home, he made mobile phone calls and sent messages to his then partner that were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character in which he called her derogatory names and demanded she return to the country to provide him with sex.

Between April 1 and May 16, 2019, at a house in Beveridge Street, Dunfermline, he also engaged in a course of behaviour which was abusive of his partner or ex partner when he shouted, swore, repeatedly called her derogatory names, persistently and repeatedly called and texted her over 200 times and made a threat to burn her.

At a previous court appearance sentence was deferred for an assessment for the Caledonian Programme.

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said Smart has been assessed as suitable for the programme, which seeks to stop abusive behaviour in a domestic setting.

Sheriff Alastair Brown said: "Your behaviour was disgraceful.

"You are isolating this lady and are demeaning to her, which are elements of cohesive control.!

As well as the Caledonian programme requirement, Smart will undertake two years supervision, 228 hours of unpaid work and was made subject to a non-harassment order for three years.