A Tayside pensioner has been given the chance to avoid jail for stalking a woman more than 40 years his junior.
David Milne, 77, from Muirhead appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court and admitted a five-month campaign which included making sexual comments, sending letters, and staring at the woman outside her home.
The court heard Milne, who was born in 1938, repeatedly waited for the woman to pass, waved at her and attempted to engage in conversation, and made inappropriate and sexually explicit comments to her.
He later delivered letters to her home which contained inappropriate comments, stared at her, and stood outside her house in Edward Place and Inver Terrace.
Milne also admitted breaching bail conditions between March 10 and 30 this year, where he further attempted to wave the woman down at Edward Place and the Coupar Angus road, stared at her and threatened her.
The court previously heard Milne had minimised his offending during an interview with social workers, despite his guilty pleas by letter to the court.
But Sheriff Gregor Murray told solicitor Brian Bell that he had read an “extremely insightful” report from the social work department since.
“I’ve read the report with some interest,” he said.
“I also note a number of things about the background to this case which explain a number of things.
Milne’s bail was revoked and he was ordained to appear on June 22.
Sheriff Murray told Milne: “If you are of good behaviour for six months you can expect to be admonished.”
Billy Boyle, the third solicitor to act for Milne in the matter, previously said: “I am having considerable difficulties with this case.
“I’m put in a very difficult position where I have spent umpteen hours explaining the position (to Milne).
“I would normally withdraw from acting but for Mr Milne’s age and the background of the case.”
Milne, of Edward Place, admitted engaging in a course of conduct which caused a woman fear and alarm between January 1 and June 6 last year.