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Stirling man banned from Shetland after acid threat

Craig Burgoyne Image copyright Central Scotland News
Image caption Craig Burgoyne was found guilty after a two-day trial at Stirling Sheriff Court

A man has been banned from Shetland for four years and ordered not to contact his ex-partner after threatening to throw acid in her face.

Craig Burgoyne, from Stirling, called Rebecca Laidlaw at dawn after she left him and said "somebody" would throw the acid at her for being so vain.

The 26-year-old denied stalking Ms Laidlaw, who now lives in Shetland, but was found guilty after a two-day trial.

He was also ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work.

The "exceptionally wide-ranging" non-harassment order was ordered after it emerged he had a record of violence and making phone threats.

It also forbids him from contacting Ms Laidlaw, a 22-year-old employment coach.

'Nasty' offence

Stirling Sheriff Court heard the stablehand had bombarded her with phone calls in October 2014 and hacked into her social media account, making private messages between her and her new boyfriend public.

Then he changed her password so that she could not delete the "intimate" exchanges and sent a text to a friend boasting about the act.

Sheriff Wyllie Robertson told him it was "clear as day" that he had committed the "disturbing and nasty" offence.

"This was done deliberately, and with the intention of causing your former partner maximum embarrassment, and was calculated to humiliate her, knowing her friends and parents would see them.

"This is not the first time you have been involved in this kind of communication with a former partner and the threats you made to Miss Laidlaw have to be set against the background of your conviction for violence.

"This offence does merit a custodial sentence. You have not previously served a custodial sentence, so I am bound to consider the alternative of unpaid work."

Sheriff Robertson warned Burgoyne that the sentence was a direct alternative to custody, and if he failed to complete it, or if he breached the ban on visiting Shetland or contacting Rebecca, he would be brought back to court and could be jailed for five years.

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