Kirrie man pleads guilty to stalking his ex girlfriend

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

A jealous stalker who “controlled” and “monitored” his ex even after they had broken up - before attacking her new boyfriend - was today facing jail.

Brian Milne (31), of Knowehead Crescent, Kirriemuir, carried out a campaign of harassment against Jenna York and her new partner after she left him.

He would loiter outside her home and wait for her new partner, Michael Robb, to come home - before hurling threats at him and assaulting him.

He would also leave sinister voicemails and sent a series of threatening text messages stating he would violently attack the couple.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court that, following an 18 month campaign of harassment, Milne was finally reported to police over an incident that left Miss York “shaking with fear”.

The court heard that on May 20 last year the accused attended in Miss York’s garden and shouted at her. He had earlier attended at Mr Robb’s home and repeatedly banged the door shouting at him.

Miss York was described as being ‘shaking with fear’.

Fiscal depute Robertson said: “It was ultimately this incident that caused his behaviour to be reported to police.

“He was detained on the stalking offence and admitted sending texts and voicemails that were threatening over the period of a few months.

“Miss York’s phone was analysed and a large number of texts were found which in general criticised her parenting skills and made derogatory comments to the couple, threatening them with violence.

“This made her feel he was controlling her life and she felt he was unstable enough to carry out the threats.”

Milne pleaded guilty on indictment to stalking Miss York between October 2014 and May 2016.

He further admitted charges of assaulting Mr Robb, behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and two charges of breaching bail conditions imposed on him.

Defence solicitor Grant Bruce said he would give his plea in mitigation after background reports have been obtained and asked Milne be released on bail ahead of a later sentencing date.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports.