Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Four years for man who threatened two women while on bail

A man who forced his way into the home of a Fife woman and threatened her while he was on bail has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Alan Ludlow forced his way into the home of a woman in Aberdour and demanded details of the previous occupants.

He had also threatened another woman with a knife earlier the same day.

Sentencing him, Judge Lady Clark of Calton said Ludlow, 37, had "caused significant harm and distress".

The High Court in Perth heard Ludlow called at the house of the woman in Aberdour in November 2011.

He forced his way inside demanding to know the names of the people in a photograph he was holding, believing they were the previous occupants of the house.

Pinned to floor

The woman told the court: "I just felt a huge force pushing the door. He grabbed me. It's all a bit of a blur.

"I was trying to fight him off. He had his arms wrapped around my body and I think I screamed."

Ludlow pinned her to the floor and threatened her with a pair of scissors.

It was only when the woman told Ludlow she had a 21-month-old son, who was at nursery at the time, that he "changed" and phoned the police to hand himself in.

Ludlow had weeks earlier been charged with rape and attempted murder and had been released on bail from Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Those charges were later found not proven.

'Serious offences'

Ludlow was convicted of abducting the woman with the intent to rob her while on bail.

He was also convicted of assaulting another woman on the same day by threatening her with a knife, pushing her against a car repeatedly and attempting to force her into the vehicle.

Ludlow was also found guilty of breaching bail.

Judge Lady Clark of Calton jailed Ludlow for four years and imposed an 18-month extended sentence upon his release.

"These were very serious offences and you have accepted that," she said.

"The violence you inflicted on both women fortunately didn't result in significant injuries but caused significant harm and distress.

"You have no record and you have worked hard previously. These were unusual events and you had clearly experienced difficulties in your life."