Text pest’s threatening messages

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

Struggling to come to terms with the break-up of a two-year relationship, a teenager relentlessly texted his former partner.

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Williamson, of Fairhurst Drive, admitted sending text messages containing threatening and abusive remarks on various occasions between September 8 and 9 last year, at Beanscene, Towerknowe, and Minto Place.

“They had been in a relationship for two years and it came to an end about two weeks before,” explained procurator fiscal Graham Fraser.

“A substantial number of messages were sent,” he added.

“He told police he was a heavy smoker of bush,” said Mr Fraser.

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman told Jedburgh Sheriff Court: “He had been smoking cannabis on a daily basis and was texting her relentlessly.

“This was also fuelled by alcohol and he was having difficulty coping with the breakdown of the relationship,” he added.

“Over a few hours, he continually sent her text messages.”

Sentence had previously been deferred for Williamson to be of good behaviour and was further deferred until February 23 for Williamson to appear personally.