A GALASHIELS man plagued his former partner and her 92-year-old grandmother with a flurry of silent telephone calls.

Jamie West then sent a message to his ex-'s 65-year-old mother saying, 'I am going to destroy your dad's grave and burn your mum's house down'.

The 31-year-old of Beech Avenue, pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to the offences in November and also acting in an intimidating manner towards another former partner in Bank Close, Galashiels, in October.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said the woman had been in a three and a half year relationship with the accused and she had gone to her work on November 5 when she started receiving a number of silent calls from a withheld number.

He said: "She suspected the accused. "There were 11 calls from a mobile number over a minute period at about 11.15am.

"The accused then started sending calls to her grandmother. She was also receiving silent calls. There were six calls from the same mobile in a 15 minute period."

Mr Fraser said that three days later the former partner's mother then received a text message saying, 'I am going to destroy your dad's grave and burn your mum's house down'.

He continued: "Not surprisingly this caused great concern. The police were called and the accused was found in possession of two mobile phones."

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick said the offences happened several months ago and nothing had happened since.

West was given a community pay back order with 200 hours unpaid work.

A three non-harassment order was imposed ordering West to have no contact with his former partner, her mother and grandmother.