A MAN who was allowed bail on a charge of breaching a court ruling which bars him from contact with ALL women has now been locked up ahead of his trial.

Alexander McCullough is said to have stalked a woman in Gourock whilst subject to a restrictive anti-social behaviour order [ASBO] imposed on him eight years ago.

The 53-year-old was allowed his liberty after appearing before a sheriff on the matter last month but he has since been remanded in custody.

It had been a condition of his bail not to enter Kempock Street and he was also told to stay away from the woman and The Bothy Health Walk Facility at Gourock Railway Station.

McCullough, formerly of Shore Street, is accused of engaging in a course of conduct spanning three months which is said to have caused fear or alarm.

Prosecutors say he turned up at the woman's home on a number of occasions and repeatedly gave her unwanted gifts.

The conditions of the ASBO prohibit him from having any unsupervised contact or communication of any kind with any female other than contact that is inadvertent and not reasonably avoidable in the course of daily life.

He is charged with breaching the terms of the directive without reasonable excuse between October 30 and December 4 last year.

It is further alleged that McCullough repeatedly attempted to engage the woman in conversation.

He appeared in the dock of Greenock Sheriff Court on Tuesday to maintain a plea of not guilty through lawyer Gerry Keenan and was further remanded in custody.

The date of his trial has been brought forward from March 16 to next Monday.