A CIVIL servant travelled almost 400 miles from his home to stalk a woman.

James Robertson, 40, kept tabs on the woman at various locations in Glasgow between November 2018 and February 2020.

Court papers state that Robertson, of Suffolk, East Anglia, engaged in a course of conduct which caused her fear and alarm.

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Robertson had been told not to contact her but he ignored the requests.

Robertson contacted her by text messages and through social media platforms.

He also loitered at the city's Queen Margaret Union in February 2019 in order to repeatedly stare and approach her.

Robertson then tried to contact her by engaging in conversation with her and attempted to give her drinks.

Robertson also attended the workplace of her friend to ask questions about her and attempted to leave a gift for her.

He lastly attended the city centre's Polo Lounge in order to approach and engage in conversation with her.

Robertson pleaded guilty today at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the single stalking charge.

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His lawyer Graham Bryson asked sheriff Tony Kelly to consider giving Robertson an "absolute discharge" when sentencing him at a later date.

The sheriff stated: "There is nothing about the circumstances that an absolute discharge would be appropriate."

The lawyer replied: "They did have amicable meetings and he has left various signals.

"He understands the position the woman was in and he didn't appreciate that at the time and is deeply remorseful for putting the young woman in that state of fear and distress.

"There was nothing threatening in that behaviour but he appreciates the young woman would have been distressed by his actions.

"He is from the south of England and has a responsible professional position."

The matter was deferred until next month pending background reports.

The sheriff will consider and absolute discharge and whether to grant a non-harassment order.