AN INVERKEITHING man threatened to kill the dad of his former partner after the couple split up, a court has heard.

Shane Bricknell, 36, of High Street, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on numerous occasions between September 19 and November 8, he sent voice mail messages to the complainer which were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character by shouting, swearing, making derogatory comments, and uttering threats of violence and threats to kill him.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said Bricknell and the complainer’s daughter had been in a relationship for 14 years.

In the messages, Bricknell threatened to “f****** destroy” the complainer.

The recordings were given to the police.

Defence solicitor Elaine Buist explained her client’s attitude towards the complainer saying: “He feels he interfered with their relationship throughout the 14 years and since.”

Sheriff Richard McFarlane asked what was the trigger for this offending.

“I’ve no idea,” said Ms Buist. “He had been drinking and has no recollection. I think he has to accept he’s a Jekyll and Hyde when drink is involved.”

The sheriff told Bricknell: “The content of the messages is very concerning, very threatening, menacing and intimidating.”

He imposed a community payback order with 275 hours of unpaid work and 18 months’ supervision.

He also imposed a two-year non-harassment order on Bricknell in respect of the complainer.