A man has admitted stalking his girlfriend over the course of eight months and threatening to set both her and her neighbour’s homes alight.
Twisted lover Daryl Kinnear, 28, repeatedly sent emails to his ex-girlfriend under a fake name after they broke up and tried to bribe her with cash, gifts and even a dog in a bid to resume their relationship.
He threatened to plant drugs in her house to stop her phoning the police for help.
Kinnear, of Gleneagles Avenue, was arrested on Christmas Eve after threatening to set alright both the home of his former partner and her neighbour, Susan Hird, in Wentworth Drive.
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He fled towards Downfield Golf Course but was soon picked up by the police.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard that the relationship between Kinnear and the woman came to an end in January last year – with the abusive conduct starting three months later.
Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told the court: “On five occasions the complainer had to change her phone number.
“She said there were numerous occasions where had had driven past her home and parked in front of her vehicle and refused to let her go to work, and then followed her the whole way.
“The complainer stated the accused had offered to buy various things – there was an email stating he would give her £400 if she took him back.
“He brought her a dog and said if she took him back he would let her keep the dog.
“He would become aggressive and angry and take gifts back from her when she refused.”
The situation came to a head on December 24 last year when Kinnear turned up at his partner’s house, alerting Ms Hird.
Ms Rasheed added: “(Ms Hird) told him to leave whereby the accused told her it was not her business and that he would set (his ex-partner’s) house on fire.
“He said: ‘Shut your pus, I’ll set yours on fire too.'”
Representatives acting for Kinnear said the 28-year-old “very much regrets his behaviour”.
Deferring sentence until May 18, Sheriff Lorna Drummond ordered the stalker to keep away from his ex and her neighbour – and opted to bail him.
She said: “I don’t normally grant people bail at this stage. These are serious matters.
“It’s not an indication of what the disposal will be – simply because with regard to your record and the fact it will be eight weeks away and you’ve been on remand since December that I’m allowing this. Please recognise that this is unusual.”
Kinnear admitted engaging in an abusive course of conduct towards his ex-partner between April 1 and December 24 last year, and a second charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards Ms Hird, all while being on bail granted on November 13.
He will return to court for sentencing on May 18.