Broke bail or­der to be re­united with ex

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A love-struck teenager ig­nored a court or­der ban­ning him from get­ting in touch with his ex-girl­friend as he wanted to rekin­dle their re­la­tion­ship.

But Perth Sher­iff Court was told last week there had been a“pos­i­tive change” in his at­ti­tude af­ter he was or­dered to take part in the Right Track pro­gramme, de­signed to keep way­ward young­sters on the straight and nar­row.

Nine­teen-year-old Joshua Colville, of Leit­fie Ter­race, Alyth, was pre­vi­ously told he risked los­ing his lib­erty by break­ing court or­ders.

He will be sen­tenced on Au­gust 16 af­ter a fur­ther spell on the scheme.

He had been granted bail at Perth Sher­iff Court last July and a spe­cial con­di­tion was im­posed, deny­ing him con­tact with the girl.

But be­tween Oc­to­ber 1 and Novem­ber 6 he re­peat­edly ap­proached and com­mu­ni­cated with her in Alyth High Street.

De­pute fis­cal Craig Don­ald said the mat­ter came to light af­ter po­lice learned of mes­sages that had gone back and for­ward be­tween the pair.

About five weeks ear­lier they had crossed paths in the Burn­side Inn, Alyth.

“The com­plainer had en­tered the pub and the ac­cused was there,”the fis­cal said. “She left for a cig­a­rette and he fol­lowed her out­side.

“He apol­o­gised for his ear­lier ac­tions which led to the bail con­di­tions be­ing im­posed. At that stage the ac­cused asked for a chance to rec­on­cile.”

Later they got in touch on­line and Colville had also been at her house.

So­lic­i­tor Jamie Bax­ter pointed out that Alyth is a small town and his client had met the girl four months af­ter be­ing placed on bail.

“He ex­pressed re­gret at the end­ing of the re­la­tion­ship,”the lawyer said.

“It ended with a ren­co­l­i­a­tion and he ac­cepts he was round at her prop­erty on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions over a three-week pe­riod in Oc­to­ber.

“He was not giv­ing thought to the fact he was sub­ject to a court or­der.”

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