Ban for hus­band who ha­rassed ex

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A DE­PRESSED slaugh­ter house worker who ha­rassed his wife when she left after ‘years of abuse’ has been banned from go­ing near her.

Stephen Tucker Rip­per, 56, of By­ron Street, Mac­cles­field, made 109 phone calls, 24 texts and left 52 voice­mails on his wife’s phone in 24 hours after she moved out. He was abu­sive dur­ing some calls, a court heard.

The vic­tim said after ‘years of abuse’ she took her chance when he was at the doc­tors and called a re­movals com­pany to move her out.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Eileen Rogers said she was ‘ter­ri­fied what he might do’ after ‘years of ver­bal, phys­i­cal and emo­tional abuse’ in their 28-year mar­riage.

She told the court the vic­tim had found pic­tures of dead an­i­mals on the slaugh­ter house worker’s phone.

Mrs Rogers said: “She wanted to end the re­la­tion­ship and leave with­out a fuss and him try­ing to stop her.

“After she moved out he made non stop calls. She an­swered some calls and told him to stop con­tact­ing her but he was abu­sive, shout­ing and swear­ing and say­ing he’s ru­ined her life.

“The vic­tim said the re­la­tion­ship soured over the years and more so after she re­tired.

“The prob­lems were down to al­co­hol.

“She was ter­ri­fied of what he could do. He worked at a slaugh­ter house and she found pic­tures of slaugh­tered an­i­mals on his phone.

“He made her life un­bear­able and she couldn’t take it any­more.

“She wasn’t able to sleep and has lost all con­fi­dence.”

Rip­per ad­mit­ted ha­rass­ment be­tween De­cem­ber 21 and 24, at an ear­lier hear­ing at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court.

Han­nah Kelly, de­fend­ing, said the de­fen­dant suf­fers from de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

She said: “He doesn’t ac­cept the re­la­tion­ship was abu­sive, how­ever he had been strug­gling with se­vere de­pres­sion and this put pres­sure on the mar­riage.

“He admits he was a night­mare to live with.

“When he re­turned after the doc­tors, the house had been gut­ted, with no cur­tains and uten­sils, leav­ing him only a wooden chair in the kitchen. He felt blind­sided. He ac­cepts he made the calls but not all were abu­sive. He’s ex­tremely re­morse­ful it’s come to this.”

Rip­per was given a nine month com­mu­nity order with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment, £100 fine, £85 costs and £85 vic­tim sur­charge.

A re­strain­ing order was is­sued, ban­ning him from con­tact­ing his wife ex­cept via a so­lic­i­tor to make ar­range­ments to sell the house.

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