Man sent 20 texts in one day in defiance of a court order

A BOLSOVER dad sent threatening messages to his ex-partner in defiance of a court order banning him from contacting her.

A two-year restraining order was imposed on Ashley Bradbury last November, when he was jailed for four months for attacking the woman.

But he started contacting her again in March, sending her 20 text messages in one day, Chesterfield magistrates were told.

Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, said he had been “jealous and controlling” during the two-year relationship and assaulted the victim while she was pregnant.

She ended the relationship and he attacked her in Market Place, Bolsover. After coming out of prison he contacted her regarding their child and his text messages “became more nasty”, said Mrs Haslam.

He turned up at her home on 24th March and shouted through a letter box: “I know you have someone in there”. He sent her 20 text messages the following day.

She found him in her kitchen on another occasion and, on 9th July, he approached her in the street and shouted: “You should burn”.

Bradbury (23), of Town End, Bolsover, admitted breaching a restraining order between 23rd and 31st March and on 9th July. He had previously assaulted her twice and damaged her property.

He was given a one-year probation supervision order and 120 hours’ unpaid work, with £85 costs. The bench also imposed a new, two-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting her or going to her home in Whitwell.

“He wasn’t given a copy of the restraining order when he was jailed. He says he was in a mess at the time,” said Kevin Tomlinson, for Bradbury. “They had exchanged texts over a period of time and she acknowledges that. While she says his messages were unwanted they were often in response to messages she had sent and often not of a threatening nature.”