A STALKER faces the prospect of being made homeless and jobless after breaching a restraining order stopping him from contacting his exgirlfriend.
Michael O'Loughlin, of Glenwood Road, Little Sutton, admitted three breaches of a restraining order prohibiting him from any act leading to the harassment of Jeanette Cain.
The 39-year-old also admitted one charge of drink-driving.
Prosecutor Tony Smith said the couple had been in a relationship for some time before his drinking became an issue. Ms Cain realised the relationship had to end but he could not accept this.
A two-year restraining order was placed on O'Loughlin by Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston magistrates on February 9.
But on March 8, Ms Cain was shopping at Safeway in Chester Road, Whitby, when she was approached by O'Loughlin.
Mr Smith said: 'She told him he wasn't allowed to be near her.
'She was feeling extremely afraid and at one point feared she would have to leave the shop. She felt intimidated.'
On leaving, O'Loughlin again approached her and told her he was a broken man.
Then, on March 12, Ms Cain received a series of calls to her home. The same morning, she was called by a colleague who said O'Loughlin had made three calls asking her to ask Ms Cain not to call the police and to pass on a letter. He also asked if Ms Cain now had a boyfriend.
Later that day he delivered a letter to her home. She left it unopened but passed it on to the police. Further calls were made and Ms Cain said O'Loughlin drove past her home at least five times.
Shortly after, police stopped O'Loughlin's car. Officers could smell alcohol, he was breathalysed and found to be over the legal drink-driving limit.
The court heard he was charged and bailed, but continued to harass Ms Cain, at one point calling her to say: 'Big mistake.'
Chairman of the bench Hugh Jones said: 'This defendant has not just made a nuisance of himself, he has fundamentally affected the quality of her life.'
The hearing was adjourned until April 7 for pre-sentence reports. Bail was refused.
Defending, James Bagby said O'Loughlin was an alcoholic who had not been drinking for some months, but relapsed after meeting Ms Cain.
He also told the bench O'Loughlin, an electrical engineer who owns his own house, would lose his job and by default his home if remanded in custody until the next hearing.