Ex soldier from Fife in court after smashing up hot tub

Dunfermline Sheriff Court

Dunfermline Sheriff Court

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A former soldier from Anstruther smashed up his former partner’s hot tub after an argument.

Now David Langton (51), has been warned he faces prison if he does not change his ways.

Langton attacked the hot-tub with garden shears causing £600 damage and fell foul of anti-stalking legislation by bombarding the woman with unwanted text messages.

He admitted that between August 9 and 15 at Cromwell Road, Rosyth, he engaged in a course of conduct which caused his former partner Carol Anne McKenzie fear or alarm by repeatedly striking a hot tub with garden shears causing damage to it and sending her messages he knew were not wanted.

Alex Piper, depute fiscal, told Dunfermline Sheriff Court that the complainer saw Langton go to the hot tub with a bottle of wine. She tried to persuade him to go home but an argument then followed.

In the early hours of the morning the woman had barricaded the back door to keep Langton out of the house and she then saw him start to kick and attack the hot tub.

Over the following days the woman received unwanted text messages from Langton. “They were expressing either love or hate to the complainer. He apologised for the damage caused to the hot tub and offered to pay for a new one,” said the depute.

Defence solicitor Roshni Joshi said, “He accepts this was not the right way to deal with what had happened. He regrets that behaviour. The text messages were not abusive and in the main were offering to pay for the damage caused.

“He accepts his behaviour was completely inappropriate by damaging the hot tub.”

The court heard Langton is already on a Community Payback Order imposed at Kirkcaldy for another domestic offence and is taking part in a domestic abuse programme. He also faces a court case in Dundee involving another person.

Sheriff Charles Macnair expressed concern at comments made to social worker by Langton apparently blaming his offending on his previous partners.

Ms Joshi said her client had served in the army for 11 years and has “an admirable work ethic.”

Sheriff Macnair told Langton, “You appear to have a big problem when it comes to relationships. You’re going to have to sort it out or Perth prison will have to sort it out for you.”

The sheriff imposed a Community Payback Order with 170 hours of unpaid work and ordered Langton to pay £750 compensation. A non-harassment order was also imposed for 12 months.