A JEALOUS Stevenston yob could be caged after he bombarded his ex with 400 texts in just one day and ripped out her hair extensions in a fast food shop attack.

Controlling Thomas Corcoran hounded his victim after their four-year relationship came to an end, stalking her and also dragging her along the floor of the restaurant by her hair and kicking her in a terrifying attack.

Earlier this year Corcoran, of New Street, Stevenston, was spared jail and placed on a Community Payback Order for the offences.

But the 22-year-old failed to comply with the order and now has the possibility of a prison sentence hanging over him again.

Paisley Sheriff Court was previously shown footage of the savage attack, which took place at the Pizza Stop takeaway restaurant in the town.

Corcoran stormed in and attacked his-ex, who had been on a night out with a friend, on September 2 last year.

He also bombarded he with texts and calls, many of which were abusive, threatening and degrading, on November 3.

Prosecutor Eoin McGinty said: “The complainer had ended things in March 2018.

“At the time of the offence, the relationship was finished but she felt it was predominantly the easier option to remain contact.

“The complainer was on her phone and during the course of the day had received 400 text messages from the accused in which he was persistently inquiring about her whereabouts.

“One of the messages made reference to her friend’s motor vehicle parked outside her address at that point.

“She felt uneasy that he had clearly attended her address in order to see the vehicle.

“The complainer had become alarmed at the volume of texts and decided to contact police.”

When police officers visited her home in Foxbar, they saw Corcoran leave in his car - after he’d phoned her 10 times during the 15-minute period she was with officers.

In those calls, he referred to her as a ‘rat’, asked her why she had phoned the police, who she was with and accused her of being drunk.

Corcoran, who moved to Stevenston from Paisley after committing the offences, previously pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting two females and engaging in a course of conduct which left his ex in a state of fear or alarm.

After hearing he was “ashamed” of his behaviour, had been “shocked” when footage of attack was played back to him, and had “shown remorse” for his crimes, Sheriff Lyndsey Kooner spared him jail.

She said she came very close to locking Corcoran up for the “violent and humiliating” behaviour, but placed him on a Community Payback Order (CPO), telling him to carry out 270 hours’ unpaid work and to be supervised by social workers.

But admitted breaching the CPO, and found himself back in the dock this week to learn his fate.

He could not be sentenced as an admin error meant a crucial background report from social workers had not been prepared.

The case was adjourned until next month.