Jail for Darwen man who sent text threats
8:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A 24-YEAR-OLD man who made his former partner’s life a misery has been jailed for sending her threatening text messages.
Blackburn magistrates heard Lee Robert Hepple was already subject to a suspended prison sentence for criminal damage to property belonging to his ex.
Hepple, of Wood Street, Darwen, pleaded guilty to sending a threatening message.
He was jailed for 12 weeks for the offence and a further six weeks for being in breach of the suspended sentence order.
He was also made subject to a restraining order which prohibits him from having any contact with Gemma Mason for 12 months.
Sentencing Hepple, District Judge Jane Goodwin said Hepple had made Miss Mason’s life a misery over recent years.
“You have left her living in fear,” said District Judge Goodwin. “You have had every opportunity to address your behaviour and your offending.”
Andrew Church-Taylor, defending, said his client accepted sending a handful of texts and that their content had been threatening.
“He tells me there were a large number of texts from her to him — in the range of 300 in fact,” said Mr Church-Taylor.
“It is clear from the texts he has sent her that there is acrimony and jealousy surrounding the break up of the relationship. It is equally clear he needs to come to terms with the breakdown of the relationship.”