A JEALOUS Ashfield man bombarded his former partner with messages after finding she had a new man, a court was told.
The woman told police Robert Carlin took underwear from her Alfreton home to stop her wearing it for her new partner.
She told Carlin during a visit to her address that she was seeing a man called Andy.
Carlin said he would break his legs and threatened to urinate on her doorstep, prosecutor Sarah Haslam told Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The couple separated almost a year ago, although Carlin did not move out until last June.
The victim stated that he had been “controlling”, isolating her from friends and family and reacting jealously if she spoke to other people when he wasn’t there.
He contacted his ex-partner on a daily basis after the split and, on 1st December, he sent her 144 messages.
Two days later she woke up to find 65 missed calls on her phone from a withheld number, which she believed were made by Carlin (30).
“He was angry because she had moved on and had another partner. She says he stole underwear from the house to prevent her wearing it for her new partner.
“He wouldn’t accept she had a new partner and had new underwear. She feels at the end of her tether because of his behaviour,” added Mrs Haslam.
Carlin, of Alfreton Road, Sutton, admitted harassment. He was jailed in 2001 for a similar offence and making threats to kill.
Magistrates imposed a 12-week prison sentence but suspended it for a year.
They also gave him a one-year probation supervision order, with £85 costs, and a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his former partner for three years.
“He says the relationship broke down because of financial matters causing arguments, not because of his behaviour,” said Julie Page, for Carlin.
“She called time on the relationship last February. He had nowhere to go and stayed while he saved up money for a bond on another property.”
Carlin claimed he and the victim had a sexual relationship after he moved out and he thought they were working towards a reconciliation last October.