A CLACKS man who bombarded a female neighbour with unwanted messages has been sentenced to do unpaid work.

Ronald Temprell said he had been having a relationship with the woman but she insisted they had only been friends.

Temprell, formerly of Alloa, appeared for sentencing at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, September 16.

He admitted that between April 15 and May 13 at Branshill Park, Sauchie, he engaged in a course of conduct which caused the woman, fear or alarm by repeatedly attempting to contact her via text messages, phone calls and social media and also looked towards her home.

They were living in flats opposite each other at the time, the court heard.

The 33-year-old, now of Weavers Way, Tillicoultry, also breached bail conditions by entering Sauchie on June 3, when banned from doing so.

Depute fiscal Katherine Fraser said that Temprell claimed that the pair were having an affair whereas the woman said they were only friends.

He was sending messages such as "I'll come down. I'll find you. Watch I'll come over".

She told him to stop but he continued to send messages which became abusive.

She also often saw him staring into her home. He would wave his phone at her as he looked over, added the depute.

Further messages included: "You don't know what's coming. You sneaky c***" and "Don't make it any worse".

Defence solicitor Virgil Crawford said: "He was at a loss as to why she wanted no contact."

Sheriff Alison Michie imposed a community payback order with 170 hours of unpaid work and 18 months of supervision.

The Hillfoots man was also handed a non-harassment order for a period of three years.

The sheriff told Temprell: "I do have some concerns about your attitude."

She said there would be a review on December 9 to make sure he was complying with the order.