A jilted lover used his own blood to smear the word “slut” on his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom wall, a court heard.

Lee Nichol had just sent social media messages to Charlene McKay threatening to kill her.

He’d also shouted offensive insults like “slut” and "skank” at her across a car park after learning that another man was visiting her house in Bathgate , West Lothian.

Louise Alexander, prosecuting, said Charlene found the terrifying message when she arrived home after the car park incident.

She noticed that the blinds on her kitchen window were bent and buckled but saw no signs of forced entry.

However, she then discovered that her bedroom window had been smashed and her Kindle ebook reader broken.

Jilted Lee Nichol used blood to smear the word 'slut' on his ex-girlfriend's bedroom wall

The prosecutor told Livingston Sheriff Court : “There was what appeared to be blood on her bed sheets and the word ‘slut’ written on her bedroom walls in a substance that also appeared to be blood.

“She contacted the police then began to receive text messages from the accused in which he said: ‘I’ll get jailed for this’.”

The fiscal said Nichol called the police to complain that his ex-partner had stabbed him with a knife and cut his finger.

He told officers he would wait for them outside her home but when they turned up he was nowhere to be seen.

He was traced after a search of the surrounding area and found to have a knife hidden down his left sock.

Charlene told officers said she had not seen the accused and had spent the evening alone in her home.

The prosecutor said the damage to the Bathgate woman's property was estimated at a total of £200.

Lee Nichol sent social media messages to Charlene McKay threatening to kill her

Nichol, 32, of Bathgate, appeared for sentence on Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to a statutory breach of the peace and having a knife in a public place on November 6, 2018.

He admitted engaging in a course of conduct which caused his ex-partner fear or alarm by writing offensive remarks in blood on the bed sheet and wall of her home and falsely telling police she had harmed him.

Darryl Lovie, defending, said there had been no contact between the accused and Charlene since the incident and there was no prospect of reconciliation.

He admitted: “My client accepts that this was fairly sinister behaviour.

"Any sensible or rational person would understand it must have been terrifying to find blood on the walls like this.

“There is no doubt some education is required for my client in respect of how this caused fear and alarm to the complainer.”

Lovie said that although it was no excuse for his behaviour, Nichol had been drunk at the time and the alcohol had affected his mental health.

He said: “The best course of action in the public interest – and in the interest of Mr Nichol and the complainer – is educating him to tackle his drinking and learn and understand how to move forward with a different perspective.”

Sheriff Susan Craig told Nichol: “This must have been a terrifying situation for your former partner to find in her home and you’ve accepted your responsibility for that.

“The report indicates that you don’t seem to fully accept that she would have been concerned, however, alcohol clearly has played a significant role in your offending here and you’ve been assessed as suitable for an alcohol treatment requirement, so that’s what I’m going to make.”

She made Nichol subject to an alcohol treatment order for 12 months and ordered that he be tagged under a 7pm to 7am electronic curfew for six months.

In addition she imposed community payback order with social work supervision for two years and a non-harassment order banning him from approaching or contacting Charlene McKay for the same period.

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