Man breached ban by texting girlfriend 17 times in one night

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A MAN texted his ex-girlfriend 17 times in one night despite being banned from contacting her.

Ian Pickersgill had been given a restraining order in March last year, which prevented him from having any contact with Adele Callaghan.

However, Newcastle Crown Court heard on January 15 this year the 47-year-old, of Hartford Road, Sunderland, sent her a series of messages which initially expressed his love – but ended with threats.

Prosecutor Jolyon Perkes said: “The defendant was drunk and started texting her.

“He sent her 17 messages declaring his love for her but then started threatening her and her new partner.”

Mr Perkes said Ms Callaghan, who had previously been in a 10-year relationship with Pickersgill, was “absolutely terrified” and convinced he would turn up at her door and attack her.

Pickersgill, of Hartford Road, Sunderland, admitted breaching a restraining order.

Judge Brian Forster sentenced him to three months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision.

Pickergill was ordered to pay £250 costs and complete a domestic violence programme.

Christopher Rose, defending, said Pickersgill has since started a new relationship and caused no trouble since.