A WEE COUNTY man who sent intimate images of his partner to her closest family and friends has been slapped with almost 300 hours of unpaid work.

Paul Ramage was handed the sentence as an alternative to custody when he appeared for sentencing at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, February 13.

The 34-year-old previously pleaded guilty to disclosing pictures of his partner to more than a dozen people on November 12 last year.

He faced a further allegation of breaching domestic abuse legislation by biting the same woman on the face, but that charge was withdrawn by the Crown.

In court last week, solicitor Robert Smith said: "He tells me the pictures he posted were removed by him after minutes.

"It was something that was done in the spur of the moment, against the background of Ramage having found these photographs on the phone."

He then said Ramage was remorseful, and that he and his partner were looking to maintain their relationship.

Sheriff Craig Harris said: "You found these nine images by digging through the complainer's phone without her knowledge.

"You then posted these images publicly, tagging the complainer in these pictures and then sending these images to 15 of her closest friends or family.

"All of that was clearly designed to embarrass or humiliate the complainer."

He then imposed a community payback order, requiring Ramage, of Main Street, Clackmannan, to complete 270 hours of unpaid work within nine months.

He will also be required to undergo supervision for one year.