Rainworth man harassed ex wife after marriage ended

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A LOVELORN Rainworth man harassed his estranged wife after she left him suddenly without explanation, a court was told.

William (64) and Catherine Markham, who had been married for 15 years, separated two years ago and were later reconciled.

But last October she walked out, leaving behind most of her belongings. Chesterfield magistrates were told last Wednesday.

Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, said that Mrs Markham did not tell him why she was leaving. A week later he found her new address and started turning up there.

One day she saw him pull out of a lay-by and drive so closely behind her car that she was scared a collision would occur.

“She slowed down and put hazard lights on and he followed,” said Mrs Haslam.

“He accepted he had followed her home from work on the M1. He said he had been to her new address as he only wanted to have a glimpse of her because he loved her.”

Markham, of Westbrook Drive, Rainworth, admitted harassment from 21st October to 1st November. He had been cautioned by police for harassing his wife last March.

The justices imposed a one-year probation supervision order and a two-year restraining order, with £85 costs. The restraining order prohibits him from contacting Mrs Markham and going near her address and workplace.

“It’a a very sad case. There is no history of domestic violence and they were reconciled after he received the caution. It’s not clear from her statement why she decided to leave him,” said John Wilford, for Markham.

“On the day she left they both went to work and the last comments between both of them were terms of endearment. Since then she hasn’t spoken to him.

“He has had difficulties coming to terms with the end of the relationship and he is depressed. ”