Man who travelled from Scotland to leave hand-written notes at home of ex-partner was arrested in Dundrum for harassment

Man who travelled from Scotland to leave hand-written notes at home of ex-partner was arrested in Dundrum for harassment

A MAN who travelled from Scotland to Northern Ireland where he left hand-written notes at the home of his ex-partner has admitted harassment.

David McNeil, of Divernia Way in Barrhead near Glasgow, also pleaded guilty to persistent improper use of a public communications network after he bombarded the woman with phone calls, texts and emails.

The defendant appeared at Downpatrick Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Belfast.

The charges relate to the period from the end of June to August 21 which was the defendant's 60th birthday.

A prosecutor said police received a report from a woman of "harassing behaviour" regarding her ex-partner.

The prosecutor said it was alleged the defendant had travelled from Scotland and attended the woman's home address on two occasions and left hand-written notes.

Police had previously told him not to make contact with the woman and that any further contact may amount to harassment and the same message was also communicated to the defendant through the woman's solicitor.

The prosecutor said the defendant had continued to attempt to contact the woman and there had been a "constant stream of emails, text messages and phone calls".

The prosecutor said McNeil was arrested in Dundrum.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had been in relationship with the woman for around a year and it ended a year and a half ago.

The lawyer said there was "no suggestion of any direct unpleasantness or threatening behaviour, it was simply his attendance."

He said McNeil intends to return to Scotland.

The defendant was fined £300 and also made the subject of a two year Restraining Order.