Grantham court: Woman posted abusive messages to her ex

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A woman sent her former partner abusive messages on social media during a dispute over their son.

Katrina Cook, 36, of First Avenue, Grantham, admitted harassment without violence over a few days in October.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, told the court that Cook had been in a relationship with her partner for 11 months, but they split up after the birth of their child. There was a dispute running in court over the child. Mr Wood said Cook sent a series of messages on Facebook one morning including one which said “I am going to snap your neck” and others like it.

Her partner had sent one back to her which is why the messages continued. He blocked Cook on Facebook that morning, then received a number of silent phone calls. He then called the police.

Cook said she knew the messages were hurtful, but she wanted him to feel the pain she was feeling because she no longer had her child. Mr Wood said the majority of messages were sent during one morning but there were more the following day.

Stuart Wild, defending, said Cook expressed remorse. Most of the messages were made during a short period of three hours. He added that Cook had suffered post-natal depression and had been in hospital. She had been discharged the day before the offence. The child had been placed with her ex-partner’s parents. Mr Wild said: “She accepts she foolishly sent these messages. It was an isolated incident following her discharge from hospital.”

Magistrates handed Cook a conditional discharge for 12 months and imposed a restraining order to prevent her from seeing her ex-partner except with regard to court proceedings involving their child.

They ordered a £15 victim surcharge but no costs.