A jilted teenager bombarded his ex-girlfriend with phone calls and messages for almost a year despite the schoolgirl changing her number five times.
Dylan Malone was able to discover her contact details each time and called her up to 70 times a day.
The 19-year-old also sent her a number of sinister messages – including one in which he told her: “I abuse you because I care and want to protect you.”
Other messages urged the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to kill herself.
Yesterday Perth Sheriff Court heard that the abuse had lasted longer than the five-month relationship.
Depute fiscal Bill Kermode said: “The relationship was up and down, with the complainer feeling the accused harassed her by constantly calling to see where she was and what she was doing.
“She tried to end the relationship twice but reconciled with the accused. At the beginning of March 2018 she ended the relationship when she realised the accused’s behaviour was not right.”
The end of the relationship sparked the 11-month long campaign.
Solicitor Mike Tavendale, defending, said: “He was 17 years old at the time and had entered into his first relationship.
“It was very much a case of first love – and ultimately rejection. He clearly did not cope very well with it.”
Malone, of Glenisla Court, Rattray, admitted engaging in a course of conduct which caused his ex-girlfriend fear and alarm at an address in Blairgowrie between March 1 last year and February 9 this year.
Sentence was deferred.