A MAN who threatened to kill his ex-partner and her family has been jailed after breaching a non-harassment order to stay away from the woman.

Dale Tummon, 26 — who was placed on the 18-month directive last June — went to her Port Glasgow home on December 29 with Christmas presents, his lawyer told Greenock Sheriff Court.

Police spotted his car outside the property but were told by the woman that he wasn't there.

Officers then went to the rear garden and saw Tummon trying to climb out of a window.

He was spared prison last year after a sheriff decided on non-custodial programme of targeted professional help to address his behavioural issues.

In one text message to the woman he said: "Threaten me with the polis and I'll go more mental. I'll kill the lot of yous."

At the time the case was called last summer, prosecutor Lindy Scaife said: "The complainer feels at continued risk from the accused, and states she was subject to controlling behaviour and that there have been ongoing attempts by the accused to harass her."

Defence lawyer David Tod said of Tummon's breach of the order: "It is accepted that it's a serious matter.

"Child access arrangements fell through and he took presents and was invited in to hand them over.

"He has made a foolish decision, there is no excuse for it but there is a reason for why he went."

Sheriff Thomas Ward told Tummon: "You have at least six offences aggravated by domestic circumstances.

"You were clearly in breach of the order."

The sheriff sentenced Tummon, who address was not given in court, to 80 days imprisonment.