A SHERIFF has branded behaviour by a man who followed his ex-partner from Dalgety Bay to Dunfermline Police Station as "frightening".

Jacob Pounder, 26, of Inchmickery Road, Dalgety Bay, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court for sentencing on Wednesday.

He had previously been found guilty after trial of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm on December 1 at roads between Dalgety Bay and Dunfermline Police Station car park, in that he followed his ex-partner in a vehicle, drove close to the vehicle she was driving and shouted at her.

Defence solicitor Fraser Napier said his client was a first-time offender and appeared "genuinely remorseful".

"Despite being found guilty, he seems to have reflected on his actions," he said.

"He acknowledges that the complainer would have been frightened and intimidated by him.

"The relationship had deteriorated and the issue came to a head about an outstanding bill.

"He accepts that on that day, he made poor decisions and acted out of character.

"The relationship is now over and he is adamant that he will not come to the court's attention again."

Sheriff Charles Macnair said: "You were in dispute with your former partner and instead of going about that in a proper manner, you behaved in a criminal manner towards her.

"You followed her for a significant period between Dalgety Bay and Dunfermline Police Station.

"It seem to me that your anger was such that you even followed her into the police station where she was seeking safe haven.

"In my view, your behaviour that night was very frightening towards her and any sentence I impose will reflect that."

The sheriff imposed 150 hours of unpaid work, six months' supervision and fined Pounder £300 in compensation.

A non-harassment order was also made for a period of two years.