Text pest ex warned

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A MAN ordered by police to stop pestering his ex-girlfriend defied the request – just nine minutes after receiving his verbal warning.

Ross Hanlon sent up to 30 messages a day.

It landed him in court for harassment and also breaching a community order that had been made several months earlier.

Hanlon, 20, formerly of Amy Johnson Way, South Shore, had been committed for sentence to Preston Crown Court, having admitted a charge of harassment. He also admitted breach of a community order by failing to keep in touch with a probation officer.

Julie Taylor, prosecuting, said after the relationship broke up, the defendant sent the young woman texts. In them, Hanlon spoke of wanting to get back together and that he was finding the end of their relationship difficult.

The woman then contacted the police. On March 12, Hanlon was given a verbal warning to stop harassing her.

Miss Taylor added: “Within nine minutes of receiving the warning, he texted her again and continued to text her up to 30 times a day.”

Hanlon went on to be arrested and in police interview accepted it had been made plain to him not to contact her.

“I shouldn’t have been hassling her,” he said.

David Farley, defending, said Hanlon fully accepted he was in the wrong by trying to continue contact with his ex girlfriend.

“He could not face the prospect of the break-up”, he said.

“He plainly got into the habit of texting. He couldn’t get out of that habit. He asked his phone provider to block her number in case he tried to contact her again.

“He went to the Southampton area because he was scared, having been approached by some men in the Blackpool area.”

Hanlon was given a community order which will involve 12 months’ supervision and 220 hours’ unpaid work for the community.