Man arrested for threats to his ex

A Port William man appeared from custody at Stranraer Sheriff Court this week after making threatening and abusive phone calls to his former girlfriend in her Newton Stewart home.

Farm labourer Murray Stewart, 24, was arrested after his ex called police to report continual abusive phone calls throughout Monday evening.

The court heard that Stewart was calling her names and threatening to “smash her teeth in”.

The was also told that Stewart had been harassing the woman since they broke up from a three-year “on and off relationship” earlier in April with 15 to 20 calls a day.

And on Monday things came to a head when he had “a few cans of cider” and called her demanding to discuss contact arrangements for their eight-month-old child.

Lawyer Michael Kilkerr, defending, said that prior to the arrest, correct steps had been taken to arrange contact between Stewart and the child and that there had been no suggestion of harm to the child.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael agreed to defer sentence for three months to allow Stewart to prove this was a one-off incident.