A TILLICOULTRY man has been sentenced for abusive behaviour towards his former partner which lasted more than two years.

Dean Boyne, 29, of Hareburn Road, appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court.

He admitted that between October 1, 2020, and December 1, 2022, at Stirling Street, Tillicoultry, he engaged in abusive behaviour towards his ex-partner.

He repeatedly acted aggressively, shouted, swore, seized her by the body, pushed her to her injury, kicked a young child's toys and struck the woman on the body.

The court was told the pair's relationship lasted from September 2020 to June 2022.

Depute fiscal Sean Iles said on one occasion Boyne pushed the woman into a door and she suffered bruising.

Defence solicitor Michael Lowrie said his client was a first offender.

Sheriff Neil Bowie told Boyne: "Your conduct towards your former partner was over a protracted period.

"It was aggressive and unpleasant but you have tried to minimise it in your comments."

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with three years of supervision, 200 hours of unpaid work and participation in the Caledonian Programme for domestic offenders.

He also imposed non-harassment orders, lasting two years for his ex-partner and six months for the child.