Sher­iff’s shock at vile texts

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A Coupar An­gus man has re­ceived a community pay­back or­der af­ter send­ing mes­sages to his ex-girl­friend that were de­scribed by the Sher­iff as “be­yond be­lief ”.

Thirty-four-year-old David Ross, of The Assem­bly Room, Ge­orge Street, Coupar An­gus, left a voice­mail on his exgirl­friend’s phone, telling her that her “days were num­bered” af­ter dis­cov­er­ing she had cheated on him.

He also sent text mes­sages to her, brand­ing her a “slut” and re­fer­ring to her in other vile and deroga­tory terms.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tions led to a community pay­back or­der be­ing im­posed on him at Perth Sher­iff Court.

He will have to com­plete 160 hours of un­paid work in the next eight months, be su­per­vised for a year and take part in a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships group work pro­gramme af­ter he ad­mit­ted send­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tions which con­tained re­peated vi­o­lent threats and abu­sive and of­fen­sive re­marks from his home on Au­gust 24.

De­pute fis­cal Clare Kennedy said the ac­cused and the fe­male had been in a re­la­tion­ship for 12 years but that had ended in April.

So­lic­i­tor Pauline Culler­ton said: “He’s em­bar­rassed and ashamed for send­ing such vile mes­sages. He found out she was hav­ing an af­fair and when that came to light, the par­ties sep­a­rated.

“He was an­gry and wound up when he sent the text mes­sages.

“He wasn’t think­ing straight,” added the lawyer.

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