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Dingwall man bombarded ex partner with calls and messages, Inverness Sheriff Court hears

By Ali Morrison

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The Inverness Justice Centre.
The Inverness Justice Centre.

A DINGWALL man bombarded his ex-partner with more than 50 calls a night and set up multiple fake social media accounts after failing to get over their break-up, a court has heard.

Jayden MacLennan (20) harassed his former girlfriend so much that she had to repeatedly informed police of the campaign of harassment.

He appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court having previously admitted to engaging in a course of conduct against his ex-partner, which took place between September 1 and December 5, 2020.

Fiscal depute Karen Poke said: “The complainer was forced to contact the police regarding an alarming number of calls.”

The fiscal explained this continued for a period of time but only got worse.

She said: “The accused was making continual new social media profiles.

“On one occasion she awoke to 58 missed calls which she believed to be from the accused.

“She also indicated that there had been an increase in the volume of contact.

“The messages did not contain threats but they did include thing like ‘I can’t take this any more’ and ‘I wasn’t like this before you’.”

The court heard that when he was confronted by police officers they found screenshots of multiple social media accounts on his mobile phone and he admitted making more than 50 calls to his former partner.

In mitigation the defence said that MacLennan, of Hill Street, had been suffering from poor mental health and was working with agencies to address that.

It was also his first serious relationship and he had taken the break-up badly.

Sheriff David Sutherland sentenced MacLennan to a community payback order with 12 months supervision.

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