Ex-partner left woman in terror

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A man “terrorised” his ex-partner in trying to resume a relationship with her, a court heard.

Christopher Moody twice got into her home, using a key, damaged a mobile phone and her car and also subjected her to threats and verbal abuse.

The victim was said to have become an emotional wreck, struggling to sleep at night.

Moody was handed a 32 week prison sentence, suspended for two years, by Judge Jacqueline Beech who told him: “You behaved in a disgraceful way towards her.

“You terrorised her.”

The 41-year-old defendant, of Jersey Avenue, Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to one offence of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment and two others of criminal damage.

Preston Crown Court heard the relationship had ended in 2007 and contact remained on an amicable basis.

Jonathan Lally, prosecuting, said matters deteriorated towards the end of last year.

Chris Hudson, defending, said: “He just couldn’t cope with the break-up. The way he dealt with it has been crassly stupid. It was never going to bring her back in a month of Sundays.”

Moody was also handed 12 months supervision, 200 hours unpaid work, a restraining order and told to pay a £100 statutory surcharge.

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