An Angus man previously branded a danger to women has appeared from custody to admit a breach of a non-harassment order set up to protect his ex-partner.
Friends of the victim spotted Kevin McCallum staring up at the flat of his former girlfriend, just yards away from Forfar Sheriff Court, where the 32-year-old appeared from custody after his arrest in the wake of the September 26 incident.
The domestic offender – described by one sheriff as posing a risk to any female with whom he comes into contact – has served a string of jail terms over a catalogue of offences including attacking and stalking former partners.
McCallum, of Strathmore Avenue, Forfar admitted breaching the NHO on September 26 in an offence which depute fiscal Jill Drummond said happened around 10pm.
She told the court witnesses driving along the road saw McCallum in the street outside the flat and were aware of the order being in place against him.
The witness called her friend to let he know she had seen him, but when the former partner looked out of her window McCallum was gone.
He was then seen by the same witnesses in nearby North Street a short time later.
Police were called by McCallum’s ex and he was arrested at Forfar community campus on Wednesday, the court heard.
Defence solicitor Nick Markowski said McCallum had been released in February from a 220-day prison term.
He told the court the complainer had visited McCallum in jail, but that was disputed by the Crown who said she had made no contact with him since the NHO was imposed and wanted it to remain in place.
Mr Markowski added: “He is currently unemployed and previously worked as a mechanic and tyre-fitter.
He said McCallum had “taken fright” after going to the woman’s home to retrieve a key and accepted the order was in place banning him from going within 50 metres of her property.
Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown deferred sentence until October 31 for a criminal justice report to be prepared.
McCallum previously served almost three years behind bars for a string of verbal and physical assaults on former partners over eight years.
In one incident he left dents in a wall after battering his girlfriend’s head against it.