Man who threatened to kill ex spared jail despite 6th domestic abuse conviction

A former soldier who threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and bombarded her with insulting text messages has been spared jail over his sixth domestic abuse conviction.

Robert Campbell, 29, pleaded guilty to breaking the 2003 Communications Act following a clash with his former girlfriend.

Greenock Sheriff Court in Scotland heard Campbell made calls to the mother of his child, shouting, swearing, and threatening her with violence.

Defence solicitor David Tod said Campbell is the "author of his own misfortune" but invited the court to feel a "certain element of sympathy" for the ex-squaddie.

Mr Tod said Campbell "accepts" that the "tempestuous relationship" with his former girlfriend cannot go on and he will need to change his behaviour, the Daily Record reported.

He added that the 29-year-old has lost his college place due to time spent on remand over the case, but said Campbell was welcome back at his job.

Mr Tod told Sheriff Joseph Hughes: "He is the author of his own misfortune.

"You may have a certain element of sympathy for Mr Campbell.

"It would appear it could be called a tempestuous relationship, where one side of the relationship calls the police and the other doesn't.

"He accepts that this can't go on."

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Mr Tod added: "Perhaps the penny has finally dropped for Mr Campbell."

Sheriff Joseph Hughes handed Campbell a Community Payback Order which will see him supervised by social workers for two years.

He will also be asked to attend an Up2U domestic violence course and was banned from approaching or contacting his ex or entering her home.

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The judge told Campbell he will not be stopped from seeing his children, but that he must make arrangements with the help of someone else.

Campbell was last jailed for domestic violence in 2020 after he chillingly warned his ex "one phone call and you're gone."

It was heard he also missed the birth of his son in 2015 when he went for a cigarette and yelled "it's all her f****** fault!

"Why the f*** was my mum there and not me!?" before punching the walls in the maternity suite.

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