Rainworth dad jailed for sending abusive texts

A DAD-OF-TWO was jailed for six months after sending abusive text messages to his wife.

Lee Jegasothy, of Cambridge Road, Rainworth, admitted a charge of harrassment after sending his wife hundreds of threatening and abusive text messages.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday was told that the 31-year-old began to send the text messages after his wife of seven years, and mother of his two children, decided to file for divorce in March.

She started receiving approximately 20 texts a day from Jegasothy which were abusive towards her and made threats of violence against her, and which in a statement she said ‘really scared’ her.

In mid-June, after more than two months of receiving the texts, his wife went to police and Jegasothy, who had been living with his mother, was arrested.

Mary Dixon, defending, said that her client was ‘extremely frustrated’ at the fact that he had not had access to his children after his marriage broke up.

She said that the text messages were an attempt by Jegasothy, who also suffers from mental health problems, to get his wife to respond to him and though this was ‘completely inappropriate and wrong’ he did not have the skills to deal with the situation in another way.

But District Judge Diana Baker said that custody was the only appropriate sentence for the offence.

She said it was a case of domestic violence that involved a breach of trust over a significant period of time.

She described the texts as ‘thoroughly threatening’ and said that they were abusive and contained ‘an element of deliberate degradation’ of his wife.

Jegasothy, who had previous convictions for violence and domestic violence, was sentenced to six months in prison, plus three months to run concurrently for failure to adhere to an existing community order.

He was also given a restraining order to stop him contacting his wife directly or indirectly and stop him visiting her home for three years.