A SERVING Saltcoats police officer who stalked his ex following their split could not be sentenced for the domestic abuse - because he is so remorseless over his crime.

Crazed Constable Alan McLuckie, who is based in Ayr and lives in Middlepart Crescent, Saltcoats, hounded Deborah Styles after their split.

Despite her telling him she wanted nothing to do with him, the lovesick cop ignored her wishes and tried to bully her into going back out with him.

He planted daffodils in her garden when she was on holiday, which she pulled out when she got home.

And, the following day, she returned home from work to find he had planted a rose in the same spot - and left her a love letter.

She had to block his mobile number and email address, and got a solicitor to write to him tell him to leave her alone - before moving to a new home to escape his harassment.

He repeatedly sent her flowers, turned up at her home, sent love letters, posted notes through her door, wrote love messages in stone in her garden and planted flowers.

McLuckie hounded her so badly he was accused of stalking her for 16 months, but pleaded guilty to stalking her between March and May this year.

McLuckie, 42, admitted his guilt last month and returned to the dock at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court this week to learn his fate.

But Sheriff Michael Hanlon ruled he could not sentence the police officer without further information - due to the fact he is not sorry for his actions.

McLuckie, who is living with his mother in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, told social workers he still has feelings for Miss Styles, but accepts their relationship is over.

But Sheriff Hanlon said: “I have read the [Criminal Justice Social Work background] report and see the conclusion that they are suggesting a further [background] report may be of assistance in this case.

“It’s not quite what I’d expect in terms of remorse.

“I’m going to adjourn for the Caledonian [System] Assessment, to see whether that’s an option.”

He then adjourned the case until next month for a further report to be prepared which will address PC McLuckie’s suitability for the project, which helps domestic abusers change their ways.

Last month Procurator Fiscal Depute Craig Wainwright told the court that McLuckie had been a serving police officer for eight years.

He said McLuckie and Miss Styles had been in a relationship for around three years but had known each other for a number of years before getting together and, before their split, were very much “on and off”.

The prosecutor explained: “She [Miss Styles] blocked the accused’s mobile number.

“The accused sent her several emails between March 2 and 17, 2019, attempting to reconcile.

“She replied to the emails stating she was not interested in a reconciliation.

“Her response, on March 17, made it clear to the accused that continued contact was not wanted and that she was feeling uncomfortable and stressed out by his continued contact.

“The accused has failed to desist and continued to email.

“On March 19 he informed her she had left the lights on at the rear of her house.”

Mr Wainwright said he repeatedly sent her letters, and flowers - and planted his own in her garden.

He explained: “On March 30, at night, neighbours observed the accused attend her home address.

“He was seen entering the garden in possession of a flashlight, and a spade, and was seen to plant daffodils in the garden.

“She returned from a camping holiday with her children and was alarmed to find the daffodils planted in the garden.

“She ripped them from the ground, leaving a hole in the soil.

“She arrived home the next day to find the hole had been filled in with a single rose and a handwritten note from the accused.”

After those incidents, Miss Styles got a lawyer to write to PC McLuckie and tell him, “that his behaviour could only be viewed as harassment and requesting all contact to cease.”

But just a few days later he sent her flowers, which could not be delivered as she wasn’t in, and a handwritten note.

She went to the florist and refused to take the flowers, telling them about his behaviour.

But he got the flowers and hand-delivered them himself - along with a stone shaped like a love heart.

He also attended her home uninvited on a number of occasions, which were witnessed by her friends.

McLuckie also wrote “I love you” in stone in her back garden.

She told a former neighbour, who was a police officer, and they advised her to go to the police.

PC McLuckie then sent another handwritten note, which read: “If you’re happy to tell your story then please ensure it’s clear that all I ever wanted was to be loved in the way I adored and idolised you.”

When he returns to the dock next month, McLuckie could be made the subject Restriction of Liberty Order - which would see him having to wear an electronic tag and abide by a daily home curfew.

He will also learn whether or not he will be made the subject of a Non-Harassment Order, which will see him banned from approaching or contacting Miss Styles.

Chief Superintendent Andy McDowall, of Police Scotland, said: “We are aware of the outcome of this case, and a report will be made to the Deputy Chief Constable, People and Professionalism, for consideration of misconduct proceedings.”