Hus­band waged hate cam­paign af­ter his wife left

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY - STU­ART GREER

AMAN waged a hate cam­paign on so­cial media af­ter he was dumped by his wife via Face­book, a court heard.

Christo­pher Graham Bate­man threat­ened and abused his es­tranged wife Denise af­ter she ended the re­la­tion­ship in May.

But then the 48-yearold also tar­geted Denise’s daugh­ter Lau­ren Dahl and her boyfriend Lee Crow­der’s car sales busi­ness dur­ing the three-day cam­paign.

Bate­man, for­merly of Mac­cles­field, now of Bux­ton, ad­mit­ted har­rass­ment at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court.

He was sen­tenced to eight weeks in prison sus- pended for two years.

The court heard that Bate­man was a for­mer bus driver who had been left se­verely dis­abled af­ter a crash.

It was heard that he turned to al­co­hol to deal with his prob­lems.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said af­ter Mrs Bate­man used Face­book to end their re­la­tion­ship Bate­man be­gan us­ing a fake Face­book pro­file called ‘Mary Ge­orge’ and an old ac­count be­long­ing to his wife to at­tack the trio.

She added: “On May 12 Denise Bate­man logged onto her Face­book ac­count and saw a post from a Mary Ge­orge show­ing a photo of a young lady in PVC un­der­wear and men­tion­ing her daugh­ter Lau­ren in the com­ment.

“Lee is a di­rec­tor at Lyme Green car sales, where Lau­ren is a sales­man.

“The Face­book page for the busi­ness started to get mes­sages.

“Lee then started to get phone calls from the de­fen­dant threat­en­ing if he didn’t ‘get his wife back’ he would ‘do some dam­age’ to the busi­ness.

“Lee had to switch the busi­ness phones off to stop the calls.

“Denise then be­gan to get ob­scene mes­sages call­ing her a ‘whore’ and threat­en­ing to post her phone num­bers all over Face­book.”

The court heard that phone records showed Bate­man had made 81 phone calls be­tween May 12 and 14.

In a state­ment Mr Crow­der said the ex­pe­ri­ence had been dis­tress­ing, while Miss Dahl said she feared Bate­man would come to her house.

Mrs Bate­man said her hus­band ‘thrived on hurt­ing peo­ple’ adding “he tried to drive a wedge be­tween my fam­ily but they come first.”

Louise Aldridge, de­fend­ing Bate­man, said: “These were hor­ri­ble mes­sages.

“He turned to al­co­hol to cope with is med­i­cal prob­lems. He was a bus driver who suf­fered se­ri­ous back in­juries.”

‘These were hor­ri­ble mes­sages’

●● Chris Gen­ders with de­signer Thomas Eng­land, di­rec­tor Rory Cameron, and win­ning de­signer Beth Law­ton

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