Curfew after proposal snub

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN bombarded his partner with abusive text messages after she turned down his Valentine’s Day proposal.

Paul Knight’s girlfriend asked for some time to think when he popped the question after five months together - before turning him down by text message.

The 26-year-old, of Broughton Avenue, Layton, then bombarded her with a barrage of text messages and phoned her.

At Blackpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday Knight admitted harassment and was made the subject of a six-week curfew and a 12-month restraining order forbidding him to contact his now ex-partner.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said the woman had moved straight into her own flat after declining Knight’s offer and said: “Text messages started to arrive. On one day alone there were 32 of them.”

“The messages said he still loved her and wanted to know why she wanted to end the relationship.”

When the woman decided to go to the police he confronted her in the street.

Martin Hillson, defending, said it was a “strange” case.

He said: “Knight does admit making calls and texting but he did so at a time when he helped her to move into the flat.”

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