A MAN who broke a 10-year court order to protect his ex-partner will be electronically monitored for the next year.

Joseph Rae, 46, was warned he would go to prison if he made any contact or approached the woman again.

And he will be electronically monitored for 12 months to prevent him from entering her home in Clydebank.

Rae, of the town's Duncombe View, previously admitted breaking a non-harassment order (NHO) to prevent any contact with his ex. It was imposed on August 8, 2019, and he approached and communicated with her on December 24, 2023.

This was also aggravated by being against a partner or ex.

Defence solicitor Stephen McGuire told Dumbarton Sheriff Court on May 28 that his client remained "willing and able" to comply with an alternative to custody.

He said a NHO was in place for 10 years already.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said: "I'm not blessed with second sight, but I'm going to firmly predict if you commit this offence again in any way in the future, you will go to prison."

He put Rae under social work supervision for two years, during which time he must attend the Caledonian Men's Programme.

He must also do 140 hours of unpaid work in the community in the next year.

A one-year restriction of liberty order was also imposed. Normally that keeps someone at home during certain hours of the day. This one will prevent him from entering his ex's home for 12 months.