A JILTED Alfreton man plagued his ex-partner with phone calls as he struggled to accept the relationship was over.
Daryl Rae (46) was in a two-year relationship that ended last summer and was briefly reconciled during the autumn.
Chesterfield magistrates were told last Wednesday that Stacey Huckerby changed her mobile phone number to stop the unwanted calls, but he phoned her landline and left messages.
“He also confronted her in public, grabbing her wrist. This was the final straw that caused her to report the harassment to police,” said Angela Hadfield, prosecuting.
“He admitted making 50 to 60 phone calls despite knowing she wanted him to stop it. He said he mainly called at weekends when he was drunk or feeling the effects of depression.”
Rae, of Mansfield Road, Alfreton, admitted harassing Ms Huckerby between 1st December and 2nd May. He had previously been cautioned by police for a similar offence.
The justices imposed an 18-month restraining order, banning him from contacting Ms Huckerby, of Nuthall Street, Alfreton. Rae was also fined £265, with £85 costs.
“It was a case of a man not knowing when to let go,” said Jon Barber, for the Nottinghamshire County Council worker, who suffers from depression.
“They lived at her address before the relationship initially ended last summer. He made telephone calls that were not threatening and he was cautioned in September.
“There was then two-way contact between them and he moved back in with her in October but there was too much water under the bridge and it didn’t work as far as she was concerned.”
Mr Barber added: “He found it difficult to cope with the end of the relationship.
“At weekends he tended to go out and drink more than was good for him and make these calls.
“But he realises it is over and he is very remorseful.”