A MAN has been told to stay out of Blairhall after he was sentenced for offences against his former partner.

Scott Young, 24, sent a series of messages to the woman he had met on Facebook after she ended their short relationship.

After asking for them to get back together, the messages turned abusive and bizarre behaviour included driving slowly past her home and waiting in her work's car park.

Appearing for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Young, of Green Park, Kinross, had previously admitted that between June 1 and August 18, both dates inclusive, at Bowling Green Wynd and Houltsworth Street, both Blairhall, and elsewhere in Fife, he engaged in a course of behaviour which was abusive of his partner or ex-partner.

He contacted her repeatedly by phone and social media, uttered offensive and abusive remarks repeatedly, accused her of infidelity, drove past her home address repeatedly, contacted her friends and family and created a fake social media account.

Depute fiscal Laura McManus said the couple met on Facebook around November last year and Young moved in with the woman for a short time before she ended the relationship in June.

She had asked Young to move all his belongings from the house and leave which he agreed to do, however, following his departure, there was a series of messages through social media, via snapchat, Facebook messenger, Whatsapp and email.

Ms McManus told the court: "Some messages were him trying to rekindle the relationship, some were derogatory in nature. His behaviour appeared to escalate when she began to block him from social media. He moved onto emailing her, belittling her about their relationship, on one occasion calling her a 'filthy wee slut'. He then created a new Facebook account under a different name and engaged her in a conversation pretending to be a different person."

He was seen on July 22 to drive past the former partner's house at a slow pace and went on to call her countless times from his phone and from unknown numbers.

On another occasion, a friend of the woman had gone to see her at her work and saw Young sitting in the car park. He told the friend that she was with another man in her house.

Solicitor Aimee Allan said her client was "regretful" of his actions.

"He said this relationship was hot and cold and there were difficulties from the outset in relation to trust," she said. "He advises that the relationship is completely at an end."

Sheriff Charles Macnair placed Young on a community payback order with supervision for 18 months and ordered him to do 150 hours of unpaid work within six months.

He also granted a non-harassment order banning him from contacting or attempting to contact his former partner and from entering Blairhall.

He told him: "You continued to contact her and you became abusive and you seem to have believed that you had some continuing control of how she lived her life in particular the incident outside the pub is when you accused her of having people in her house.

"If she had people in her house, it had absolutely nothing to do with you. She can have who she liked in her house and it was no concern of yours but you considered it was because you had a brief relationship with her you still had control over her behaviour."