A MAN who breached a non-harassment order (NHO) to torment his former partner has been jailed.

Scott Devlin was sentenced at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court having pleaded guilty to an amended charge in November.

The 33-year-old was made subject to a NHO in May 2021 and told to refrain from causing alarm or distress to the woman involved.

However, just a month later Devlin committed further offences which have now landed him in prison.

Court papers stated that between June 21 and July 27, 2021, both dates inclusive, at an address in Irvine and elsewhere Devlin engaged in a course of behaviour which was abusive of his ex.

He admitted assaulting the victim by grabbing her by the throat, restricting her breathing, spitting at her, striking her on the face, seizing her by the hair and pulling her to the ground.

He also detained the woman against her will by locking the door of the property and removing the keys preventing her from leaving.

Devlin also took her mobile phone and keys and repeatedly phoned the woman and left voice messages.

The charge added that he made derogatory remarks towards her and compelled her to make derogatory remarks about herself.

The Dundonald man was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a new non-harassment order was imposed for two years.