A man who subjected his ex-partner to a “barrage” of emails, texts and voicemails following their break-up has been jailed after he continued to contact her in breach of his bail conditions.
Craig Petrie, 29, stalked Natasha Selbie for six months, with as many as 60 calls and voicemails being left in a single 27-hour period in June.
He had previously admitted engaging in a course of conduct which caused Ms Selbie fear and alarm by repeatedly contacting her by phone, email and leaving voicemails between January 30 and June 9 2017 at his home address in Alloway Place, in Chirnside Place and elsewhere in Dundee.
He also admitted breaching bail conditions by contacting Ms Selbie on February 27.
Depute fiscal Vicki Bell told the court the couple’s relationship had ended in September 2016 when Ms Selbie discovered Petrie had been seeing other women.
He started emailing and texting her frequently from January 30 so she blocked his emails and phone and also blocked him on social media.
He continued leaving voicemails from another number about 30 times a day and she reported the matter to police.
Over a 27-hour period between June 8 and 9 he made 60 calls, leaving voicemails.
The calls were not threatening, the fiscal said. She said there were 93 voicemails between May 9-June 9 and 88 emails between March 3-June 9.
Ms Bell asked Sheriff Alastair Carmichael to impose a non-harassment order for 12 months.
Solicitor Gary McIlravey told the court there had been a substantial number of emails and voicemails but added that none of them were of a threatening or abusive nature.
He added: “At long last he now appears to have accepted it and hasn’t contacted her since the start of October.”
Sheriff Carmichael told Petrie he had a number of previous convictions of a domestic nature, “the same sort of thing that you’re charged with today”.
He added: “The only appropriate sentence is a custodial one and that is one of 15 weeks in prison.”
He also imposed a 12-month non-harassment order.