Jealous ex-boyfriend harassed woman – including calling her 45 times in one day

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A JEALOUS man bombarded his ex-girlfriend with phone calls and text messages, despite being banned from contacting her.

Dean Bell of Osman Close, Hendon, Sunderland, was given a restraining order which prohibited him from contacting the woman, after being convicted of attacking her.

But South Tyneside magistrates heard that the 24-year-old rekindled the relationship with her on his release – despite the order still being in place.

The pair recently split, and after hearing rumours she had started a relationship with one of his pals, he sent her almost 30 messages and called her 45 times in one day.

He also turned up unannounced at her South Shields home.

Bell admitted harassment and breaching a restraining order.

Claire Ward, prosecuting, said: “The order was put in place in March last year after he was jailed for two counts of battery against the same woman.

“She says that despite that they remained in a relationship until a few weeks ago. After the split he continued to text and call her.

“On August 26, he texted her at 5.30am asking for her to send him some phone numbers.

“He sent a further 27 messages that day and called her 15 times on her mobile and 30 times on a land line. She answered some of the calls and told him to stop.

“He then went to her house but she wouldn’t let him in.”

In a statement, the victim said: “He doesn’t understand that I just want this to be over with.

“I don’t want any more contact with him or to see him again.

“There is no cause for him to call me or come to see me.

“I’ve been really scared and upset and want him to leave me alone.”

Joanne Gatens, mitigating, said: “He accepts he is in breach of the restraining order and that he was contacting her.

“However, he would say that she contacted him after he was released from prison last year and she initiated them getting back together, which resulted in the, living together.

“He thought she had spoken to the police and got the restraining order removed.

“She lived at his house until August this year when they split, but he says she kept contacting him.”

Mrs Gatens said the relationship soured after Bell was told at a Christening that his girlfriend was having an affair with his best friend.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until October 11.

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