A MAN caught spending a romantic night with his former partner after being banned from contacting her has been sentenced to a community order.

William Wallace breached the bail order not to have any contact with the woman when he accepted her offer to spend the night together at the Toby Carvery and Innkeeper’s Lodge, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, a court heard.

After deciding to accept her request, Wallace and the woman began arguing. . . and she later phoned the police to report him for breaking the court order.

Police officers arrived at the Capital hotel to find 36-year-old Wallace fast asleep in one of the rooms and he was woken up and arrested.

Fiscal depute Xander Van Der Scheer told Edinburgh Sheriff Court: “On September 3, the accused was invited by the complainer to attend at the Innkeeper’s Lodge. She had, in fact, booked the room and the accused and the complainer spent the evening together when the police were then contacted.

“They were contacted by the complainer.

“Police attended and the accused was found asleep within room 219.

“The accused was asleep within the room and the complainer refused to provide a statement.”

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Lawyer Stuart Carson, representing Wallace, said that his client was now a single man and had been invited to spend a “romantic night” with the woman.

Mr Carson said that the pair had been in “an on-off relationship for a number of years” and unemployed Wallace had “succumbed to the temptation” of the invitation.

The lawyer added that Wallace now “accepts he should not have done it”.

Wallace admitted the offence during an appearance at the city centre court in January and sentence had been deferred for good behaviour.

Wallace, of North High Street, Musselburgh, was in the dock again last week, where Sheriff Christopher Dickson placed him under a supervision order for 12 months. Wallace was also told to carry out 95 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He also admitted to a further bail breach charge of contacting the woman at Ladywell in Musselburgh on December 18 last year.