A MAN who stalked his ex for three months, phoning her 445 times in one day, has dodged prison.

Gordon Brown, of Portland Road, Kilmarnock, admitted continually sending text messages to the woman, phoning her and contacting members of her family to establish her whereabouts despite knowing the relationship was over.

Brown attempted to make contact with his ex between June 17, 2016 and August 29, 2016 at various locations in Ayr, Cumnock and Kilmarnock.

The 32-year-old appeared before Sheriff Montgomery at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.

The court heard how the pair had been in a relationship since February 2016 but ended two weeks prior to the incident.

Depute Fiscal Andrew Lazzarin explained: “Brown did not take the break up well.

“He had tickets for a Rod Stewart concert in Kilmarnock and wanted to go with her.

“The woman agreed but said she did not want to see him again after that. She then went to England for a week. But Brown sent her 20 text messages and 50 calls per day.

“She blocked his number but could see in her call history that he was still trying to make contact with her.

“She returned to her home in Cumnock and Brown showed up.”

The court heard how at a later date the woman’s father texted the accused telling him to leave her alone.

Depute Fiscal Lazzarin continued: “Her father text the accused saying ‘my daughter wants nothing to do with you, leave her alone’.

“The woman continued to receive calls and text messages and she would reply saying ‘leave me alone’.

“In September 2016 the complainer was going travelling and was concerned that Brown was going to turn up on her travels.

“She thought her phone was being tracked by the accused.

“On August, 18, last year she was still getting Facebook messages from Brown. She asked him to stop.

“On one occasion he called the woman 445 times. He was using a pay as you go phone.

“The woman was terrified to leave her house and installed a camera in her car.”

Ayr Sheriff Court heard how the woman is still travelling in the Southern hemisphere and and requested a non harassment order.

Speaking on his behalf, defence solicitor, Mr Poggi, said: “The complainer is still travelling in Australia.

“There will be no repeat of this behaviour or offending.”

Addressing the dock, Sheriff Montgomery, said: “It is a small world, especially with mobile phones.

“There is absolutely no doubt this merits a custodial sentence, on that there can be no question.

“But you have been made subject of a CPO at another court. I am going to defer sentence.”

Sentence has been deferred until October 2018.