A bitter ex-boyfriend dumped a bucket of cement over his former lover’s car on Christmas Day.
Darren Manson texted Danielle Black, “You’ve messed with the wrong man” before vandalising her car on the driveway of her home in Falkirk.
He was spotted behind a wall in her garden following the incident at around 5.10am and arrested nearby a short time later.
The pair, both 20, had split up after a year-long relationship shortly before Christmas.
Danielle was asleep at her home when her mum, Nicola, was woken by “banging” outside.
Prosecutor Samantha Brown said Nicola looked out of the window and saw “an object” being thrown towards her daughter’s car which was parked in the driveway.
The depute fiscal said: “She observed the accused running away, and saw a bucket of cement mix lying on the ground next to Danielle’s car.
“There was cement mix on the bonnet, windscreen, and roof of the vehicle, and the offside wing mirror was slightly out of place.”
She said Danielle checked her phone and found a number of messages from Manson.
Among them, he had texted: “I have so much hatred towards you.
“You aren’t even worth it. You messed with the wrong man.”
Manson was spotted crouching and trying to hide behind a wall in the Blacks’ garden, and the police were called.
He was arrested nearby and appeared from custody at Falkirk Sheriff Court today after spending two days in police cells.
Miss Brown added: “What’s described as ‘the cement paste’ was easily wiped off.
“I don’t think there was any lasting damage to the vehicle.”
Manson, from Falkirk, an unemployed warehouseman, pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusing behaviour.
Defence solicitor Stan Quirk said: “They hadn’t long split up, and things were a little raw.
“It’s fair to say there may have been drink involved.”
Sheriff Robert Dickson deferred sentence for reports, and released Manson on bail to re-appear for sentence on January 26.
He imposed a bail condition ordering him to stay away from Danielle until then.
He said: “With any luck that will give them both time to cool off.”