Lossie man spared jail after series of threats to former partner

Elgin Sheriff Court
Elgin Sheriff Court

A LOSSIEMOUTH MAN has escaped a jail sentence after repeatedly disobeying court orders that he should not contact his former partner.

James Munro appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court on Thursday where he admitted breaching a bail order by approaching his former partner in Elgin’s St Giles Centre and at her home in December, 2013.

The court heard that the following month Munro again contacted his former partner, shouting and threatening her over the phone including threats that he would have her murdered before killing himself.

Munro repeated the offence again in July 2014, contacting his former partner several times to question her over the welfare of their child.

Sheriff David Hall told Munro that when the court imposed bail conditions they had to be obeyed – however, he took account of the fact that Munro had remained out of trouble for almost a year since and now appeared to accept that his relationship with his former partner was over.

For that reason Sheriff Hall told Munro that he would not impose a custodial sentence, instead fining him £350. He was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and placed on a curfew between 7pm and 7am for three months.