A Newmills man threatened to kill himself if his former partner did not speak to him.

Joseph Price found it difficult to cope after the split and his stalking behaviour landed him in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

Price, 39, of Main Street, admitted that between 28th March and 1st May at an address in Rosyth, he engaged in an abusive course of conduct towards his former partner.

He repeatedly attended at her home uninvited, left candles and various unwanted gifts at her door, posted unwanted photos through her letter-box, repeatedly called and texted her, left voicemails and made threats to harm himself if she did not talk to him.

Depute fiscal Catherine Stevenson said the couple had been in a three-year relationship.

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When they split up, Price kept sending the woman messages and gifts.

He also posted old photos of them when they were together.

His messages included, “I’m going to kill myself if you don’t talk to me” and “I love you, I love you. You’re killing me. I’m going to kill myself”.

Sheriff Garry Sutherland admonished Price but imposed a six-month non-harassment order.