Man in court af­ter ha­rass­ing his ex

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AMAN sub­jected his ex-girl­friend to ‘men­ac­ing’ be­hav­iour, a court heard.

Robert Rowe, 28, ha­rassed his for­mer part­ner by plagu­ing her with a se­ries of ‘un­pleas­ant’ mes­sages be­fore ver­bally abus­ing her face to face, the hear­ing was told.

He was also ac­cused of loi­ter­ing out­side her house, ear­wig­ging on a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion with her dad which he then ref­er­enced in text mes­sages.

Bizarrely he then sent a photo of a pair of men’s jeans which had been hang­ing on the vic­tim’s wash­ing line.

At Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court, Rowe, of Ash Grove, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted harassment.

Kate Gaskell, prose­cut­ing, told the court that Rowe had a his­tory of sim­i­lar be­hav­iour with pre­vi­ous part­ners.

She said: “The vic­tim had been in a re­la­tion­ship which ended in Septem­ber. She said they met on­line but the re­la­tion­ship had be­come a con­trol­ling one.

“Af­ter the break-up she be­gan get­ting text mes­sages. On Oc­to­ber 9 she re­ceived a mes­sage that ref­er­enced a con­ver­sa­tion she had with her fa­ther in her own home.

“She also heard a knock on the door but didn’t an­swer it. It made her feel un­nerved. It sug­gested he had been close to the house.

“An­other mes­sage was sent with the image of a pair of jeans on her wash­ing line. It said he didn’t recog­nise the trousers and sug­gested that she had been cheat­ing on him.

“Then an­other mes­sage on Oc­to­ber 10 ac­cused her of hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with some­one else. She found these mes­sages un­pleas­ant and men­ac­ing.

“On Oc­to­ber 13 he at­tended her prop­erty and was abu­sive, call­ing her ‘pa­thetic’. She slammed the door in his face.”

In a state­ment read out in court, the vic­tim said she had be­come very wor­ried and was ‘al­ways look­ing over her shoul­der’.

She said: “He seems to be ev­ery­where I am. I haven’t sleep for days and don’t feel safe.”

The court heard that Rowe had pre­vi­ously been con­victed of harassment in 2007, where he was given a sus­pended prison sen­tence, and been served Police In­for­ma­tion No­tices af­ter com­plaints from other part­ners.

Tony Bir­chall, de­fend­ing Rowe, said: “His be­hav­iour was on the break­down of the re­la­tion­ship.”

Mag­is­trates or­dered Rowe to be re­manded in cus­tody for sen­tenc­ing on De­cem­ber 7.

Robert Rowe has ad­mit­ted harassment

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