A SCARBOROUGH man who phoned his ex-girlfriend 165 times in two days has narrowly avoided jail after he admitted harassment.
Anthony Padley, 44, of Albemarle Crescent, left his ex-partner “overwhelmed” and scared to leave her own home when he bombarded her with texts, phone calls, Facebook messages and e-mails, after she ended the relationship.
Padley also paid visits to the woman’s home and became involved in a confrontation with her in Scarborough town centre.
Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said the harassment had taken place between February 1 and May 6.
She added: “She ended the relationship due to his controlling manner. He pursued in contacting her. It was unwelcome and unsolicited.”
Padley’s behaviour persisted even after police gave him a verbal warning on March 15, and a formal written warning nine days later.
On March 23, Padley phoned his ex-girlfriend 89 times. The previous day, he called her on 76 occasions.
In a victim impact statement, the woman said: “I’m constantly dreading a knock at the door. Every time my phone rings or I get a text I think it’s him.
“I daren’t speak to blokes as he threatens them. I find it hard to sleep and I’m scared to pop into the town centre in case I see him.”
Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard that Padley had a previous conviction for harassment against a different women.
Caroline Wyatt, mitigating, said: “It is not a pleasant set of circumstances. He accepts his behaviour was inappropriate.
“He has now accepted the relationship is over and has deleted her phone number. He does find it difficult when a relationship breaks down, hence the conviction already on his record.
“There were no threats of violence, but he accepts the number of calls would have caused upset.
“He doesn’t fear custody but if he goes into prison he won’t get help. He needs help with his emotions so that he doesn’t find himself back before the court for a similar offence in the future.”
Angela Fawcett, the chairman of the bench, said: “You were warned and still persisted with this harassment. Your victim was scared and frightened. The only mitigation is that you pleaded guilty.”
Magistrates imposed a ten-week prison sentence, but suspended it for two years.
Padley was also told to complete a 12-month supervision order, a thinking skills programme and 100 hours of unpaid work.
A two-year restraining order, which forbids Padley from communicating with his ex-partner by any means, was imposed for a period of two years. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.