A JEALOUS Ballingry man threatened to "smash" up his ex-partner's home after finding out other male friends had been in her company.

Keiran Lorimer, 22, of Capledrae Court, previously admitted that on January 20, at Robert Smith Court, Lumphinnans, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm by phoning his partner, repeatedly shouting and swearing at her and threatening to damage property.

And, between January 13 and 15, he repeatedly contacted her after being granted bail on the condition that he did not contact her.

Depute fiscal, Azrah Yousaf, explained that the couple had been in an on/off relationship for a year.

In December Lorimer was released from custody on the condition that he would not contact the complainer.

On January 13 and 14 she received messages from Lorimer and ignored them. The woman was with her mother on January 20 when she received a phone call from the accused.

She put it on loudspeaker and both women heard him arguing and shouting on the phone.

Lorimer had found out that the complainer had male friends around at her property. "This made him jealous and angry," Ms Yousaf said.

The call went on for over a minute and when it ended the woman's mother called the police.

Lorimer later said that he was going to go to her address and "smash the place up".

Defence solicitor, Roshni Joshi, said her client had been consuming alcohol at the time.

"He has provided a letter showing that he is voluntarily working with addiction services," she said.

"Mr Lorimer had never before been to Court and had no idea how the Court works.

"In the report, it states that he is extremely sorry.

"He is remorseful and regrets his actions.

"This has been a steep learning curve for Mr Lorimer."

Sheriff Charles Macnair said: "This was abusive behaviour towards your then partner.

"You were told by police and you signed an undertaking that you would not contact her – you broke that.

"The social work reporter in their view says your motivation is to have connection and control of the victim, to which I agree.

"Whether she had been seeing other male friends was no concern of yours at all."

He was placed on a tag, whereby he has to stay within his home address between 7pm-7am, for four months.

A non-harassment order was also imposed for 18 months, which means he cannot contact the complainer.