A MOTHER tormented the new partner of her ex-husband by persistently sending her abusive text messages to the point it ‘made her life hell’, a court heard.
Colleen Wilding, 40, sent dozens of messages to Sian Cammack over a four-month period, some of which were littered with threats and abuse.
Ms Cammack, from Burton, was warned to ‘look over her shoulder’ and that ‘revenge would be sweet’ as she continued to be bombarded with messages to the point she felt compelled the call the police.
She was issued with a restraining order at Burton Magistrates’ Court and ordered to have no further contact with the victim.
The court heard how Wilding had been in a relationship with Peter Green for 22 years before it broke down and that it was shortly after her former partner struck up the new relationship with Ms Cammack that she started to send the messages.
Wilding also called on at least one occasion, shouting abuse down the phone.
Sam Frazer, prosecuting, said: “There were numerous text messages that were abusive towards her to which she didn’t reply. She says Colleen continued to text her and make her life hell.
“The injured party was informed by police in December that the defendant had been advised to stop.”
However, the messages continued to the point Ms Cammack said she was ‘unable to live a normal life’.
Lucy Taylor-Grime, defending, said Wilding, now living in Rugeley, was at a difficult point in her life, and that only a minority of the messages were abusive.
She told magistrates: “The injured party bore the brunt of her emotional upset. She had been in a relationship for 22 years and they had three children together. The breakdown of a relationship is never easy, but after 22 years she found it incredibly hard. She accepts the text messages were not the right way to go about it.”
Wilding, who had pleaded guilty to harassment at a previous hearing, was given a six-month community order and made to pay £140 in costs.