Man harassed ex after refusing to accept it was over

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN man who harassed his ex partner after she dumped him via a third party has been handed a restraining order.

Mark Worthington repeatedly tried to contact Amanda Edwardson while on bail between February 28 and March 13 this year.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the 39-year-old dropped off letters at the victim’s home and sent messages via social media after their 18-month relationship came to an end.

But Katie Beattie, prosecuting, told how Worthington refused to accept that the relationship was over - despite him being bailed for an alleged assault while they were abroad on holiday.

Although the letters and messages simply asked to for the victim to speak to the defendant, Ms Edwardson told police it had left her “really scared” not just for herself but for her young daughter.

She said: “He showed no respect for the conditions that were imposed on him and continued to stalk and harass me whenever he liked.

“The incidents that have happened in the past left me very worried and frightened. I didn’t feel safe going home or spending time there.”

Bill Pearson, defending, argued that it was not unreasonable for his client, who pleaded guilty to a single charge of harassment, to want to hear that his relationship with Ms Edwardson was over “from the horse’s mouth”.

He said that the letters and online messages were “of an affectionate nature” and that Worthington now accepted that the trelationship was over.

Magistrates handed Worthington, of Park Road, Hindley, a 12-month community order and 12-month restraining order.

They also ordered him to complete a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and to pay a £100 fine, £100 towards prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.