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Man banned from Inverness shopping centre after abusing his ex

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Margaret Neilson.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson.

A court has heard that an Inverness man terrorised his former partner after he left her for another woman.

For almost a year, Allen Alexander-Rouse (36) bombarded Julie Crompton with text messages and phone calls, some of which were abusive, and visited her home and work, demanding the return of gifts and jewellery he claimed he had given her.

On September 1, 2018 he assaulted her by holding his hand over her mouth after going through her things looking for jewels.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that on one occasion, he went to her work in the Eastgate Shopping Centre wanting to buy an engagement ring for his new girlfriend, Caitlin Stroud, who he later assaulted in November last year by pushing her and holding his hand over her mouth. That relationship has also now ended.

Alexander-Rouse, of Kinmylies Way, Inverness, admitted three charges of assaulting both his ex-partners and stalking the mother of his two children.

Sentence was deferred by Sheriff Margaret Neilson until September 24 for a background report and his bail was continued.

Fiscal depute Alex Swain told the court that the first relationship had lasted from 2005 until August 2018, ending when he was thrown out of their home in Lochalsh Road.

He had admitted seeing Ms Stroud.

Ms Swain said that although he had entered into another relationship, “his behaviour became erratic over the next 11 months. He was repeatedly phoning his former partner and was found in her house going through her things.

“He sent her abusive messages by text message and was warned by police. But he continued to text and phone her.”

Alexander-Rouse was banned from the shopping centre after another incident when he stormed into her shop and was abusive to staff, Ms Swain added.

He was arrested by police after he saw Ms Crompton with another man and told her he would kill him or assault him.

His new relationship ended in December 2019 when he attacked Ms Stroud.

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