A 40-year-old man who threatened to kill his ex-partner while in possession of a knife has been jailed for a total of 160 days at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Jamie Dewar was also given a non-harassment order stopping him from having any contact with the woman for the next two years.

He had pleaded guilty to four offences at a flat in Scott Street, Galashiels, on July 25.

The court heard how Dewar of Albert Place, Wallyford, had turned up at the woman's flat at 3am after sending her a number of non-complimentary communications following their break up and he accused her of cheating on him.

He struck her on the face three or four times and police were called after neighbours heard the commotion and the woman pleading for help.

Dewar was found in the woman's house and admitted having a knife in his sock and told officers he wanted to kill her.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said Dewar had been carrying the knife for his own protection.

Sheriff Peter Paterson said: "Society does not accept domestic abuse in any form.

"This was an extreme example of this"