Ex-girlfriend bombarded with texts

A FATHER harassed his ex-girlfriend by bombarding her with abusive texts, leaving her terrified to go out alone in case he was lurking nearby, a court heard.

Christopher William Thompson, from Blakelaw, Newcastle, sent a barrage of insulting and foul-mouthed messages to terrified Sara Manders, from Amble.

She received up to 40 messages a day in an ordeal which left her scared and paranoid.

The 33-year-old claimed his actions had been prompted by the fear that another man to whom his ex had become close was a danger to their child.

Thompson, who had pleaded guilty to harassment without violence, was given a two-year restraining order by Alnwick magistrates.

The court heard that the pair’s three-and-a-half year relationship had ended in June 2010, but they had had a child together during that time.

James Long, prosecuting, said police had warned Thompson at the beginning of January this year after he had bombarded her with texts.

But this did not stop him and between January 2 and February 28, he continued his onslaught of foul and insulting messages, packed with obscenities.

In one chilling text, Thompson disturbingly claimed that it would be her fault when he killed himself.

He was arrested on March 1.

Ian O’Rourke, defending, said that Thompson, who is receiving treatment for drug addiction, acknowledged that his behaviour had been completely unacceptable.

As well as the restraining order, he was also given 140 hours of unpaid work, a 12-month community order and a 12-month supervision order.