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A CONVICTED stalker had an image of his ex-girlfriend tattooed on his arm and sent her a picture of it before being arrested for harassment by police.

Scott Ramage, 35, sent text messages, posted videos to YouTube and used Facebook in a bid to win back former partner Christina Colledge.

He also set up fake profiles on the social networking site in a bid to fool Ms Colledge into resuming contact with him, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard yesterday.

Ramage was previously handed 300 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to bombarding her with text messages in April this year.

Then, Sheriff Gordon Liddle – who also banned Ramage from using social media for 12 months – branded him a “dangerous predator”.

Now Sheriff Kenneth Maciver has warned Ramage that he could be sent to prison for his latest campaign of terror against Ms Colledge.

He told Ramage: “This has had a devastating effect on her.

“I must tell you that I am considering a custodial sentence in this case.”

The story emerged after Ramage, a prisoner at Saughton, pleaded guilty to stalking his ex-girlfriend and committing breaches of the peace between November 2013 and August 2014.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching a non harassment order in which he was required to stop contacting Ms Colledge.

Depute procurator fiscal Brian Stevenson told the court that the pair had dated for a few months in 2012 before splitting up.

The court heard how the pair were living in Edinburgh during and after their relationship.

Mr Stevenson said: “They split up because of his controlling and erratic behaviour.”

He added: “He bombarded her with messages on Facebook and constant text messages. It was an obsessive attempt to rekindle their 
relationship.

“She found the attention terrifying and intimidating. It had a devastating effect on her.

“There was a whole variety of photographs – one spelled out her name in candles.”

The court also heard that, in February 2014, Ramage used a photograph he had of her for a tattoo.

She was made aware of this through a message on 
Facebook.

Mr Stevenson added: “He had a photograph of her and he used it for a tattoo on his upper arm.

“It was sent to her through a message on Facebook.

“This placed her in a state of fear and alarm.”

Mr Stevenson also told the court that Ramage created fake Facebook identities to contact her.

In April this year, Ramage was convicted of harassing Ms Colledge between January 11, 2013 and January 16, 2013.

On this occasion, the court heard how Ramage sent her text messages and loitered outside her work in a bid to win her back.

Defence solicitor Mark Harrower told the court that his client had poor mental health and had received psychiatric counselling.

He asked Sheriff Maciver to defer sentence for the court to obtain reports about Ramage’s character.

Sheriff Maciver agreed and told Ramage that he would be sentenced on December 16 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

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