A STALKER who became abusive towards police earlier this year has been placed on a community payback order.

Darren Harrison received the sentence at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 8, having already pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier date.

According to the charge, the 28-year-old literally kicked off on March 8, by kicking out at police officers, acting aggressively, and repeatedly banging his head off the inside of a police van.

Solicitor Kelly Howe said her client, who appeared in court via video link from HMP Glenochil, was due to be released from a previously imposed custodial sentence on October 9.

And she asked that any sentence imposed as a result of the incident on March 8 did not extend his period in custody.

As the Advertiser reported earlier this year, Harrison was jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to what a sheriff described as “an extensive and unrelenting stalking campaign" against two women.

Indeed, Harrison’s offences against his former partners, committed over periods lasting months, were so extensive it took a prosecutor 40 minutes to fully narrate them to the court.

They included an occasion where he threatened to push one woman down the stairs when she was pregnant, and another occasion where he sent her an image of an injured body part.

He also threatened to send sexual images to his other ex’s new partner.

In court last week, Sheriff Craig Harris noted the custodial sentence Harrison received for that was his first spell in prison.

He said: “This has been a lengthy period for your first time in custody.

“I’ve been told this has been an eye-opener for you. I hope it has been.”

He then required Harrison, of no fixed abode, to undergo supervision for 12 months upon his release from prison.