Man sent hate texts to cross-dress­ing ex friend

Macclesfield Express - - SNOW MAGIC AND DRAMA -

A MAN sent a se­ries of texts to an old friend tar­get­ing his sex­u­al­ity and cross dress­ing, a court heard.

Richard Carl Jones, 33, lived with the vic­tim at a Macclesfield drug re­cov­ery cen­tre and they had been friends for more than 20 years, Macclesfield mag­is­trates were told.

But when the vic­tim left the cen­tre, they fell out and Jones sent him a string of text mes­sages re­fer­ring to his gen­der and sex­u­al­ity.

One asked why he ‘wanted to be­come a woman’ and an­other re­ferred to him wear­ing eye make-up.

The court heard of the im­pact the texts had on the vic­tim, who says he feels vul­ner­a­ble about his iden­tity.

The of­fences are classed as hate crimes be­cause they tar­geted the vic­tim’s sex­u­al­ity, the court heard.

Mag­is­trates said the de­fence’s sug­ges­tion that Jones should be let off with a conditional dis­charge was ‘wholly in­ap­pro­pri­ate’ and asked for a full pro­ba­tion re­port be­fore de­cid­ing on his sen­tence.

Pros­e­cut­ing Kate Marchuk said: “[The vic­tim] de­scribes him­self as trans­gen­der, ho­mo­sex­ual and a trans­ves­tite. He finds it dif­fi­cult to deal with his gen­der is­sues and feels vul­ner­a­ble.

“The de­fen­dant sent sev­eral text mes­sages re­fer­ring to his iden­tity is­sues.

“The first two were about be­ing trans­gen­der and the sec­ond two about his cross dress­ing.”

A state­ment from the vic­tim read to the court said: “The mes­sages up­set me a lot. It’s been dif­fi­cult to deal with my iden­tity is­sues.

“I feel I’m be­ing bul­lied and I can’t get close to any­one any­more. I feel sui­ci­dal.

“I vol­un­teer at a church help­ing home­less peo­ple but of­ten sit on my own.”

Jones, of Mill Lane, Macclesfield, pleaded guilty to ha­rass­ment by send­ing text mes­sages.

De­fend­ing Han­nah Kelly said: “The four mes­sages are only in a two minute win­dow. This is not ha­rass­ment which has gone on for hours or weeks.

“Mr Jones is brain dam­aged af­ter be­ing as­saulted in 2012 when he was hit in the head by a house brick. He has suf­fered many prob­lems since.

“He some­times says what’s on his mind without think­ing. He knows the texts were not ap­pro­pri­ate.”

She added that Jones had re­ceived prank calls from the vic­tim.

Jones will be sen­tenced

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.