AN AYRSHIRE army veteran sent his former partner a video of herself in the shower while accusing her of cheating on him. 

Jamie Porter admitted engaging in a course of behaviour that was abusive to his ex-partner over a period of more than two and a half years.

The 41-year-old monitored the woman’s movements by repeatedly telephoning and messaging her and others to find out where she was, Ayr Sheriff Court heard.

The offences were committed between September 1, 2020 and April 15, 2023 at addresses in Ayr and Prestwick as well as Porter’s current home in Afton Avenue, Mossblown.

Porter monitored the woman’s movements through electronic devices and by going to places he believed she’d be present.

He repeatedly accused her of infidelity and repeatedly made offensive and derogatory remarks towards her, both in person and through electronic messages.

He also recorded her whilst she was showering and without her knowledge and sent her a copy of the footage.

The procurator fiscal depute said: “The witness and the accused were in a relationship for three years.

“He threatened to harm himself if she ended the relationship, and the accused started regularly checking up on her.

“Whenever she left work he was constantly phoning and messaging. The accused installed a ring doorbell and security camera fitted.  

He constantly accused her of cheating and the behaviour continued until the end of the relationship.”

Police were contacted after Porter sent the woman a video of her in the shower, and according to the prosecutor Porter “spoke freely” in a recorded interview with officers, but made no reply when he was formally cautioned and charged.

Defence solicitor Glenn Davis said: “Mr Porter cooperated with police, indicating early he would not be contesting. 

“He is 42 and a complex individual. He was in the army, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s not unfair to say his time in the army and his childhood left him damaged.

"His mental health contributed. That is not to excuse his behaviour, but to provide context.

"There is nothing else outstanding. He feels genuine shame ands genuine regret."

Sheriff Shirley Foran placed Porter on a community payback order with two years of social work supervision.

He was also ordered to take part in the Caledonia Programme, an initiative set up to address domestic offending.

In addition Porter was handed a non-harassment order barring him from having any contact with his ex for two years.