12:38 Monday 16 December 2013

Man harassed ex partner after she walked out


A JILTED lover threatened his former partner after she left him without warning.

John Derbyshire, of Bretby Lane, Bretby, admitted harassing Eleanor King without violence in Burton on August 8 after changing his plea on the day he was due to stand trial.

Helen Newport, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court that the 33-year-old had been in a relationship with Ms King for three years and she described him as being aggressive and unpredictable.

Since the relationship ended he had been phoning and texting her shouting and sweating and his victim said she is scared of Derbyshire.

She applied for a non-molestation order and at 12.40pm on August 8, she had a phone call from Derbyshire about the order where he said ‘keep smiling sweetheart, tick tock, tick tock’.

He then kicked her back gate before ringing the door bell and banged on the door. Ms King ran upstairs to phone the police.

In police interview, Derbyshire said he had a ‘genuinely good relationship’ with his victim but she suddenly stopped having contact with him. After trying to contact her, Derbyshire admitted going to her address wanting to speak to her.

He had also drank six pints.

Simon Dean, defending, said: “As far as my client was aware the relationship was going along well. He left for work on July 31 and everything was normal.

“However, when he missed called her to say he was available to speak she didn’t contact him.

“There was no response to phone calls or text messages all day. He then got a message at 7.30pm saying ‘John I have left you and I want you gone by the time I get back’.

“This offence was committed under the influence of drink and he knows his response was inappropriate and accepts wrong-doing.

“This was the backdrop to her ignoring him and he is happy not to have contact with her.”

Magistrates handed Derbyshire a 12 month community order with a supervision requirement and specified programmes.

He was also issued with a restraining order against contacting Ms King for an indefinite period and ordered to pay £250 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

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