Man jailed over text messages

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man who told magistrates he was petrified of going to prison has been jailed for 20 weeks.

Luke Gillett had illegally texted his former girlfriend telling her he loved her and breached three court orders.

Gillett, 22, of Yates Street, North Shore, pleaded guilty to three offences of failing to comply with a court order.

Jailing Gillett, presiding magistrate at Blackpool, Cliff Boynton, told him: “When you spoke to us you said you felt afraid - now you know how your victim feels. You have a history of total lack of respect for court orders and wilfully neglecting them.”

Jane Yates, prosecuting, said last year Gillett had been put on a restraining order which banned him from having any contact with his former girlfriend after assaulting her.

On October 29, the ex-partner got a text from Gillett which read: “I love you so much and enough to risk texting you, although you might be mad at me. I have about £1,000 – can I take you somewhere nice.”

He also telephoned her 11 times.

The woman contacted police and said she felt intimidated.

When interviewed Gillett said his ex had kept phoning him and saying she had asked for the restraining order to be dropped.

Gilbert also broke two court orders for supervision and unpaid work when he failed to keep in touch with his probation officer.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client was not a hardened criminal. His offending stemmed from the breakdown of the relationship.

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