Teenager is jailed after ‘nasty’ texts sent to ex-girlfriend

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A teenager who sent his former girlfriend threatening text messages, has been jailed for 12 months.

Nineteen-year-old Jory Silver of Princes Street, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Princes Street on February 11, while subject to an ASBO.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told how the woman had been in a relationship with the accused for some three months.

“She was at home, with a new male friend, when she received a text message from the accused,” explained Mr Fraser.

It read: “Time is ticking. The longer it takes for him to meet me, the worse of a pasting he’s getting. You were quick enough jumping into bed with him, so tell him quick enough.”

A further text message to the woman went on: “Can’t wait to see your pretty face either. Not so pretty when I’m done.”

Another text read: “You are a silly, silly girl. Away and cut your wrists, even your throat, this time.”

Mr Fraser said the woman was “so alarmed” she phoned the police.

The Crown moved for a non-harassment order.

Solicitor Alison Marshall, defending, said her client was “at pains to stress that there was no intention to carry out any of the threats.”

Miss Marshall said Silver conceded the text messages were “nasty” and had co-operated fully with police.

Silver was sentenced to six months imprisonment and a two-year non-harassment order was imposed.

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre warned him that any breach would have serious consequences.

He also received a further six-month jail term – to run consecutively – after he admitted assaulting a man at Wellfield Road, Hawick, on August 26, while on an ASBO.