A DUNFERMLINE man who sent texts to his former partner on the same day that a court had banned him from contacting her has been placed on a restriction of liberty order.

Dean Frame, 23, of Bute Crescent, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court last Wednesday.

He had previously admitted that between February 6 and February 11, at a house in Abbeyview, he engaged in a course of conduct which caused his former partner fear or alarm by repeatedly sending unwanted text messages to her.

Depute fiscal Alistair McDermid said Frame had been released on bail on February 6 this year having pleaded guilty previously to another case of assault in relation to the ex-partner.

He proceeded to send her 13 texts that day asking about child contact, stating he was at the end of the street and apologising for the incident he had earlier pleaded guilty to.

She contacted police and the messages stopped until several days later when, on February 10, she got another three texts and received further messages on February 11.

Solicitor James Moncrieff said his client was "very remorseful and apologetic" for his behaviour.

He added: "The conduct had been over a few days. He appreciates it was more than one message and she was alarmed by it."

Sheriff Craig McSherry placed Frame on a restriction of liberty order for five months requiring him to stay in his home between 7pm and 7am. He also granted a non-harassment order banning him from approaching or contacting the former partner for 12 months.