Jealous man harassed ex over new love

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man sent his ex partner abusive texts after he heard she had a new man in her life.

In the messages stonemason Darren Shaw called his victim insulting names and boasted he had a new girlfriend who was half her size and prettier.

Shaw, 26, formerly of Newcastle Avenue, Marton but now living in West Yorkshire admitted harassing the victim via text and also by turning up at her home at night.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that Shaw stood outside her house and shouted threats such as “I am going to finish you off”.

The victim became so worried she tried calling police three times on the non emergency number 101but could not get and answer.

She then rang 999 and made plans to barricade herself and her family in her bedroom.

However police turned up and arrested Shaw.

During his interview Shaw –who has previous convictions for assaulting the victim including a jail term-said that he became annoyed because she had a new partner.

Mitch Sarangi, defending, said that the couple had separated a couple of weeks before the incidents.

“He has shown remorse and has realised what he did was completely inappropriate.

“He has now left the area and will not be returning,” Mr Sarangi said.

Shaw was sentenced to 18 weeks jail suspended for 18 months and placed on 18 months supervision.

He was made the subject of an 18 month restraining order banning him from visiting or entering Northfield Avenue, North Shore.