A TRANENT man who carried out a campaign of abuse against his former partner has been ordered to stay away from the woman for the next two years.

Ryan Gordon engaged in a course of conduct that was abusive of the woman over a five-month period last year.

Gordon admitted repeatedly contacting the woman by attending at her home in Prestonpans and demanding entry to the home.

The 24-year-old also acted aggressively towards the woman on several occasions and refused to leave her home when asked to do so.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told that the woman was forced to contact the police on the numerous occasions Gordon turned up at her home.

The court heard of one occasion when Gordon arrived at the home and was heard to kick out at her front door.

Details of a second incident were also aired in court, where the woman had attended Ladies Day at Musselburgh Racecourse and spotted Gordon within the grounds at about 5.30pm.

Gordon, of Kennedy Crescent, was said to have been abusive towards the woman and threw a drink over her as she attempted to walk away from him.

The court was told the woman was in favour of a non-harassment order being imposed for her protection.

Lawyer Jim Stephenson, for Gordon, said that his client and the woman had been in a relationship for five years since he was aged 17.

Mr Stephenson said that the couple’s relationship had become “toxic” around 2021, despite having a child together.

The lawyer admitted that Gordon’s behaviour had been “uncalled for” but he had become desperate after all contact with his child had been cut off in March 2021.

Mr Stephenson added that his client worked as a self-employed construction worker and his only previous involvement with the courts was when he was banned from driving last year.

Sheriff Morris issued a non-harassment order meaning that Gordon cannot contact the woman in any way for the next two years.

Gordon pleaded guilty to engaging in a course of conduct that was abusive of his former partner at her home in Prestonpans and at Musselburgh Racecourse between March 31 and August 20 last year.