Grantham court: Former girlfriend received incessant texts and phone calls

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An incessant number of texts and phone calls to his former partner landed a man in court.

Paul Harris, of Millview Road, Ruskington pleaded guilty to harassment without violence of his former girlfriend after they split up following a six month relationship. The harassment took place from July 29 to September 12.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told Grantham magistrates that Harris’s partner had called off their relationship but he could not accept it was over. She asked him not to contact her but she started receiving a lot of texts and missed calls asking her why she had ended their relationship. She blocked his number and Facebook account, but then got Facebook messages from his sister.

At 9.30pm on August 12 Harris went to her address in Manor Road, Great Gonerby, and while outside texted her 20 times. Mr Clare said she was “frozen to the spot” and “distressed and harassed”.

He was there for half an hour and posted a note through her door asking to speak to her.

She reported Harris to the police and on September 9 they spoke to him. But she received a letter from him saying he wants to give her some money. It made her feel “physically sick” and when she found £120 had been transferred by Harris to her account, She transferred it back.

Later a friend called her to say Harris was parked in Homebase car park which was on her route home from work. She took a different route home but saw Harris driving around town in his car. The defendant was arrested that same evening.

Defending, Giles Tyas told the court: “There was nothing malicious in what he has done, It is the incessant nature of the contact.”

Mr Tyas added that Harris would say it was coincidental that he was at Homebase and that he was not following the victim around. He also said he had nothing to do with his sister’s Facebook messages.

The magistrates ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned the case to October 22. Harris was given bail on condition he did not contact his former girlfriend.