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Stalker who posted naked photos of ex-lover sentenced

A man who posted naked photos of his ex-girlfriend on the internet and later harassed her at her flat has been told to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Brian McCoo, 27, from Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, admitted stalking the 26-year-old after she broke up with him.

She later emailed him from abroad to say she was seeing another man.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, McCoo was given a community payback order, a six-month home curfew order and told he would be supervised for 18 months.

The curfew means he will have to stay within his house between 19:00 and 07:00.

'Serious charge'

Imposing the order, Sheriff Paul Crozier told McCoo: "You pled guilty to an extremely serious charge, the natural reaction in such a set of circumstances would be to send you to prison.

"However, you have no previous convictions, you are otherwise of good character and I have to be satisfied before I sent a first offender to jail there is no other suitable alternative other than custody before I take the final step.

"Had you had any previous convictions whatsoever, that step would be taken."

The court previously heard that McCoo met the woman on a dating website but she ended their relationship early last year.

He did not initially seem fazed by the break-up but later turned up at the woman's Glasgow home in tears.

The woman travelled to Argentina last year then emailed him to say she was seeing another man.

McCoo became enraged and later set up a fake Facebook page in her name - with a number of intimate pictures from their time together.

The woman was completely unaware until a relative contacted her in South America.

'Desperate' plea

Meanwhile, McCoo sent her a string of abusive messages.

This included one in which he claimed her new boyfriend was "not going to be there" when she returned home.

He also pleaded: "I am desperate...please stop seeing him. This is brutal. You would not treat lab rats with this kind of malice."

Despite the Facebook page - which was soon removed - the woman did not initially want to see McCoo in trouble.

After returning to Glasgow, the woman was heading to her flat when she became aware of McCoo outside.

The court heard the woman was "frightened" and "froze" as McCoo yelled at her.

He ignored her pleas to leave her alone and she eventually fled and later called the police.

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