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Stalker threatened to assault pregnant ex-partner until she lost baby

Robert Ryan, 28, subjected his former partner Kylie Johnston to abuse between 2013 and 2014.

Aberdeen: Stalker avoids jail.
Aberdeen: Stalker avoids jail. © STV

A man who stalked his pregnant ex-girlfriend and threatened to assault her until she lost her baby has avoided jail.

Robert Ryan, 28, subjected former partner Kylie Johnston to abuse between November 2013 and December 2014 after their two-month relationship ended.

The stalking began only a few months after Ms Johnston caused a pensioner's death by driving dangerously with a previous boyfriend at a caravan park in Aberdeenshire.

Ms Johnson was sitting on Nathaniel Cooper's knee when the incident happened during a driving lesson at East Balthangie caravan park in July 2013.

Cooper was jailed for a year and Ms Johnston was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

The couple split up before the trial began and shortly afterwards Ms Johnston started dating Ryan, who lives in Montrose.

Ryan previously admitted stalking and wasting police time and narrowly avoided jail when he was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday.

Depute fiscal Saima Rasheed told the court: "The complainer began a relationship with the accused which last less than two months in May 2013.

"The complainer ended the relationship because she found that the accused was controlling."

The court heard that Ms Johnston started receiving text messages from Ryan after she began dating another man called Keith.

Ms Rasheed said: "She was frightened by these and contacted the police."

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that Ryan admitted hijacking her Facebook account and sending messages to her family and friends.

He also contacted the local authority and cancelled her tenancy, claiming that she was moving home.

And the court heard that Ryan sparked a police investigation by texting a police service centre saying that a woman had been raped in Inverbervie.

Investigating officers soon discovered that Ryans claims were false and arrested him.

Defence lawyer Norman Fraser said: "This was a relationship that was short lived and he tells me that he has no vengeful feelings towards the lady concerned.

"Mr Ryan fully accepts his responsibility for the offences and he is genuinely remorseful for his behaviour."

He said his client was recently identified by a psychologist as having the traits of autism spectrum disorder.

Ryan was placed under two years of supervision and given a community payback order and told to carry out 240 hours of community service.

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