A 44-year-old man has appeared in court in Alloa for his behaviour towards his ex-partner after their long-term relationship ended.

In the dock at the sheriff court was Owen McCormick, of Garganay, Alloa.

He admitted that on December 9 at an address in Tillicoultry, he acted aggressively, shouted, swore, made offensive remarks and threats of violence towards his former partner and threw a stack of plates causing them to smash.

He also sent voicemail messages to his ex-partner in which he shouted, swore, made offensive remarks and threats towards her.

Depute fiscal Sean Iles said the couple had been in a relationship for 18 years but had separated around six months before the offence.

They had continued to live in the same house following the break-up and an argument had broken out on this occasion.

McCormick called his ‘ex’ various offensive names, smashed plates and then left the house.

He then phoned her and left voicemail messages, verbally abusing her.

The court heard McCormick is facing proceedings on other matters. Sheriff Neil Bowie deferred sentencing until August 8. He imposed a non-harassment order lasting a year.