A jail sentence hangs over a Pinxton pensioner who pestered his estranged wife and made unnecessary 999 calls.
Former disc jockey Allen Parkin had already received a two-year anti social behaviour order for plaguing emergency services with calls.
Chesterfield magistrates heard that he phoned Notts police at 10.30am on December 3 because a solicitor had not arrived to take him to a court hearing.
Parkin, who has severe health problems, had no credit on his mobile phone and thought police would call his solicitor for him, said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.
Parkin and wife Christine parted three years ago because of his violent temper and drinking. They spent time together after he stayed on the wagon for four months last summer, but he relapsed into alcohol abuse and Mrs Parkin decided enough was enough.
He then began harassing her by going to her home in Midland Terrace, Westhouses, and threatened her. He also sent her unwanted text messages and left flowers on her doorstep.
Parkin (65), of Wharf Road, Pinxton, admitted harassment between October 23 - November 9 and breaching an ASBO on four dates in October and on December 3 by making unnecessary calls to emergency services.
Deputy District Judge Andrew Davison imposed a 12-week jail term but he suspended it for a year. He also placed a restraining order on Parking, banning him from bothering Mrs Parkin and entering Westhouses for a year.
“I can’t keep letting you walk out of here and commit offences. Prison is the last place a man in your health needs to be but, if you breach this sentence, I will implement the prison term with a heavy heart,” Mr Davison told him.
John Kavanagh, for Parkin, said he had struggled to cope with the break-up of his second marriage. Mrs Parkin was “the love of his life”.
He said: “They had many happy years together and she still cares about him but he is a different person now to the man she married.”
Mr Kavanagh said solicitor colleague John Wilford got no reply when he called at Parkin’s home to take him to court. He eventually found him on the floor having a fit and called his carer. Parkin picked up after Mr Wilford left and phoned police.
The court heard that Parkin had worked for Rolls Royce and in the music industry. At one time he was “used to the finer things in life and money was no object,” added Mr Kavanagh.