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Stuart McCutcheon jailed for rape and death threats

Jedburgh Sheriff Court - Crown copyright image
Image caption McCutcheon was jailed for his offences at Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A man who threatened to kill his ex-partner, rape her and cut her up has been jailed for more than two years.

Stuart McCutcheon, 23, of Thornhill, in Dumfriesshire sent texts and made calls to the woman saying he had a blade and he would slit her throat.

He admitted putting her in a state of fear and alarm at a house in Atkinson Road in Hawick in May 2008.

He also pled guilty to breach of the peace, possessing a firearm and a range of motoring offences.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard McCutcheon had been unable to accept the break-up of his relationship with the woman.

When police arrested him after a series of motoring offences, he told them he had a shotgun and the weapon was found hidden in the airing cupboard of house in Hawick, along with ammunition concealed in a child's bedroom.

He was jailed for two years and five months and banned from driving for three years.

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