Besotted boss threatens ex

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A besotted ex-boyfriend stalked his former girlfriend and bombarded her with texts and emails.

Licensee Christopher Smith jumped out at the 18-year-old Blackpool chip shop worker from an alley as she was walking home from work.

I’m going to end it all and take you with me

He grabbed her by the neck as she tried to phone police.

He told his ex: “I’m going to end it all and take you with me.”

Smith, 26, the licensee of The Stags Head, Whittingham Lane, Whittingham, pleaded guilty to assault and harassment.

He was sentenced to do 80 hours unpaid work for the community, given a 15-hour rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to pay £100 compensation to his ex with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

He was also put on an indefinite restraining order not to contact his ex or enter Westmorland Avenue or Grasmere Road, Blackpool.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the couple had been in a relationship since Boxing Day 2013 until it ended in January this year. Smith then sent his ex numerous texts.

When she blocked his phone number he started to email her and when she blocked those he set up fake Facebook accounts to contact her.

Steven Townley, defending, told magistrates that his client, who had no previous convictions, had continued a dialogue with his former girlfriend after they split up and was given some hope their relationship could be resumed.

When it became clear this was not going to happen Smith continued to contact her.

In February Smith twice appeared from an alley as she was walking home from her job at the Grasmere chip shop. The second time she called the police and he grabbed her around the neck and waist, trying to get her phone. She screamed and shouted and managed to slip out of his grasp by dropping to the floor.

Mr Townley, defending, said: “He accepted he went beyond reasonable contact to get the relationship to continue. He fully admitted his guilty at the first interview with police and he has shown genuine remorse.”