A JEALOUS husband bombarded his estranged wife with racist abuse, threatened her new boyfriend with gangsters and offered her money for sex.
Charity fundraiser Roger Devonside, 61, of Ormonde Road, Upton, denied harassing his wife of 28 years Susan Devonside but failed to attend Chester Magistrates Court on Tuesday for his trial.
From April 26 to July 28 last year, Devonside sent texts, let himself in to their former marital home on Caughall Road, Upton and left notes there on a “daily” basis.
The self-styled ‘Roger the Dodger’, who suffered a heart attack last October, missed the hearing but the court rejected a note from his doctor which read “Mr Devonside stated he is not fit to attend”.
Jackie Lamb, prosecuting, said the defendant hadn’t lived with his wife since June 2005 but began harassing her in April when she started a relationship with 30-year-old Cuban dancer Suave.
Giving evidence, Susan Devonside, 55, said: “Because my boyfriend was black and he’s quite racist he really, really objected to this.”
Mrs Devonside said her husband turned up at the house shouting abuse soon after the relationship began, branding her a “paedophile”.
She described being alone in her bedroom in May when Devonside burst into the house searching for and threatening to kill Suave.
Mrs Devonside read out a note she discovered in the bedroom on returning from work three days later.
It read: “Room to let, fed, watered, booze all night, showered when you arrive and leave, rampant sex, [blacks] preferred, signed Age Concern.”
Mrs Devonside added: “On June 19, Roger was shouting on the drive he was going to have Suave killed.
“He said he knows gangsters such as Frankie Fraser and they were going to come up from London and he was going to be sorted and he would never walk again let alone dance again.”
Then, on June 24, Mrs Devonside went to speak to her husband who was lingering outside.
She remembered: “He said: ‘All I want is sex one more time with you. I’m cashing in my pension, I will pay you to have sex with me’.
On another day, Mrs Devonside found a photo of herself celebrating her 40th birthday and a note with it saying: “Suave was 15 years of age, you were 40 that night. Weird, freakish.”
Devonside also sent dozens of texts littered with racist insults.
Chairman Christopher Hall found him guilty of harassment and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Yesterday (Thursday) he surrendered to the court and was remanded for sentencing on February 19.