A MAN who sent a text message to his former partner saying ‘I will not stop until your life has fallen apart’ has pleaded guilty to harassment.
Christopher Hewitson, 22, of Stoke Gardens, Ellesmere Port, admitted sending a series of threatening messages to Joanne McAllister-Smith, of Saltney, including one which happened while the victim was a witness in a separate court case.
Rob Youds, prosecuting , told Chester magistrates Miss McAllister-Smith had been in a relationship with Hewitson before splitting up, shortly before he was jailed for 32 months for burglary in March 2010.
The couple maintained contact but the victim had a new boyfriend as Hewitson was released in May.
Mr Youds said: “Miss McAllister-Smith reported a number of threatening text messages to the police but decided not to make a formal complaint.”
But then Hewitson sent further threats and was arrested on August 22. When interviewed by police, he denied all knowledge of the messages.
Defending, Peter Barnett said Hewitson believed Miss McAllister-Smith had broken up with her new boyfriend. He added some of the messages sent were not intended to be threatening, but he did send some threats while drunk.
Hewitson was sent to Chester Crown Court for sentencing as magistrates felt their sentencing powers were insufficient.