Harassment leads to order

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A MAN has been given a restraining order after years of harassing a woman.

Graham Walker, 59, sent letters, valentine cards and even a bracelet to Marlene Hunter.

At a hearing at Wigan Magistrates’ Court, the court heard how Walker, of Colwyn Drive, Hindley Green had attempted to woo Miss Hunter for many years.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment without violence and insisted he would not contact her ever again.

Defending Walker, Colin Rowson said: “He fully accepts that the lady wants nothing to do with him and he has never sent her texts or emails, phoned her or turned up at her door. He has only sent letters, a valentines card and jewellery through a third party.”

Sentencing Walker, District Judge, Paul Richardson said: “I take a very serious view of this offence. Whilst you have not physically harmed the woman you have made her life a misery.”

Walker was sentenced to a three-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, given an 18 month supervision order and a indefinite restraining order which states that he is not to contact Miss Hunter in any way and not to go within 250 yards of her home.

He was also made to undertake the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP).