Woman’s text threats

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A WOMAN bom­barded her es­tranged hus­band with threat­en­ing texts and phone calls when he re­fused to hand over her £25,000 share of their sav­ings.

Karen Lynch re­peat­edly claimed she was go­ing to get po­lice to ar­rest Michael Lynch and even con­tacted his work­place mak­ing ac­cu­sa­tions about him.

She threat­ened to make a false sex­ual as­sault claim against him and to make his life hell if he failed to meet her de­mands.

The 50-year-old, of Kennedy Av­enue in Fixby, said she was up­set af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that Mr Lynch had with­drawn a sub­stan­tial sum from their joint sav­ings ac­count a week be­fore leav­ing her.

She pleaded guilty to as­sault and an of­fence under the Ma­li­cious Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Act of send­ing texts, phone calls and voice­mails con­vey­ing a threat.

Andy Wills, pros­e­cut­ing, told Kirklees Mag­is­trates’ Court in Hud­der­s­field the cou­ple had been mar­ried for 20 years and had two chil­dren to­gether.

Their re­la­tion­ship came to an end in July 2016 and they were go­ing through di­vorce pro­ceed­ings at the time of Lynch’s of­fend­ing be­tween Novem­ber 3 and De­cem­ber 13 last year.

Mr Wills said: “The vic­tim had a sav­ings ac­count with a sub­stan­tial sum of money and she be­lieved that she was en­ti­tled to that money and wanted £25,000 from him.

“This seems to be be­hind her ag­gres­sion to­wards him and her in­abil­ity to leave him alone.

“She sent ver­bally abusive text mes­sages and made nu­mer­ous phone calls to him, his fam­ily and friends.”

Fol­low­ing fur­ther de­mands for cash Mr Lynch, of Oakes, blocked his ex’s mo­bile num­ber but she then used her son’s mo­bile phone to con­tact him.

She also rang his par­ents, de­mand­ing money and ac­cus­ing him of be­ing a bad per­son.

Dur­ing a con­fronta­tion at her home Lynch then marched to­wards him and slapped him twice in the face.

Mag­is­trates were told that in a fur- ther phone call she threat­ened: “I’ll bleed you dry. I’ll whoop your a*** in court.”

Lynch also claimed to Mr Lynch she’d been treated in A&E due to the “psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fect you’re hav­ing on me” and told him: “I’ll have you charged with se­ri­ous stuff.

“I’m pre­pared to call it off if you give me the money, oth­er­wise you can go through hell.”

Lynch made threats to re­port him for “forc­ing me to have sex against my will” but this claim was com­pletely un­true, mag­is­trates were told. Dur­ing an­other oc­ca­sion she con­tacted his line man­ager in a bid to dis­credit him.

Mr Wills said: “He said he’s strug­gling to fo­cus on his daily busi­ness. He’s emo­tion­ally drained and hav­ing prob­lems sleep­ing.”

Faza­ila Kauser, mit­i­gat­ing, ex­plained that her client’s ill mother had gone to live at the fam­ily home and her ex said that he couldn’t cope with this.

She said: “She was up­set that he was walk­ing away from her and her anx­i­ety was ex­ac­er­bated.

“Then at some point the sav­ings were trans­ferred by the com­plainant into his ac­count.

“She was on ben­e­fits, strug­gling and had asked him about the sav­ings on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. “She said she wanted her half, he was not pre­pared to give this and she be­came up­set.”

Mag­is­trates made a two-year re­strain­ing or­der ban­ning Lynch from con­tact­ing her ex or go­ing to his home.

They or­dered her to com­plete a ninemonth com­mu­nity or­der with 15 days of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. She must pay £100 court costs and £85 vic­tim sur­charge.

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