A KIDS’ football coach has been warned he faces jail after he carried out a campaign of harassment against an ex-partner when she ended their relationship.
Robert McGregor had met the victim through her son’s football team in July and they soon moved in together, Sunderland magistrates heard.
But the relationship turned sour and the woman told McGregor, 42, in October that she wanted to split up.
“There was a verbal altercation,” prosecutor Paul Anderson said. “She said ‘I want to end the relationship’. He started making threats towards her.”
Mr Anderson said that after things calmed down McGregor suggested they hold a Halloween party and that the woman invite her ex-partner, to show him she was with McGregor now, but she refused and again told him the relationship was over.
The following Monday, McGregor arrived at the woman’s home in Pennywell to collect his belongings.
“He threatened to end his life,” Mr Anderson said. “She felt she was being emotionally blackmailed. He left and then came back. She drove him home. He then bombarded her with text messages and Facebook messages.
He was served with a police information notice (PIN) on November 9 advising him that an allegation had been made. Despite this he sent a number of text messages.
Magistrates were told that on November 18, the victim went to pick her son up from school, when McGregor turned up and kissed her on the lips. Then a further incident saw the woman pick her daughter up from school in Grindon. Mr Anderson said he followed her in his car aggressively, driving up alongside her.
“She was terrified and drove to a family member’s house,” he said.
McGregor, of Tanfield Road, Thorney Close, admitted harassing the victim between October 31 and November 19.
Susan Grey, defending, said: “This is a classic case of mis-reading messages, not reading the signs that the relationship is over.
“Their sons play football together. Mr McGregor is the coach. There is always going to be times they come across each other.
“It has been a frightening experience for the injured party. He will not be doing anything of that nature again.”
The magistrates asked for a probation report to be prepared with all options, including custody, open to the sentencing bench on his next court appearance on December 22.