Woman bom­barded ‘cheat­ing pal with mes­sages af­ter af­fair’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

AWOMAN whose ‘boyfriend cheated on her with a friend’ ended up in court af­ter try­ing to sign them up to the Jeremy Kyle show.

Katie Good­win, 25, was dis­traught when her boyfriend ‘started hav­ing an af­fair’ with her friend Char­lotte Steele, the hear­ing was told.

Mag­is­trates heard she bom­barded Ms Steele with phone calls, ac­cus­ing her of ‘steal­ing her man’ and warn­ing that she would ‘win back her man’ soon.

The court was told that the ex-boyfriend – named only in court as Adam – played the two women off against each other.

Good­win, of Cop­per­field Road, Poyn­ton, con­tacted the Jeremy Kyle show to try to get them all to ap­pear on the pro­gramme.

She was re­ported to the po­lice for ha­rass­ment by Ms Steele.

Pros­e­cu­tor Tina Cun­nane said she was ‘ut­terly per­sis­tent over sev­eral months’.

She said: “There have been nu­mer­ous phone calls, some­times as many as 20 or 30 a day. [Good­win] said [Ms Steele] has stolen her man and it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore she got her man back, and other un­savoury mes­sages.

“At Christ­mas, the com­plainant had 45 missed calls. [Good­win] ad­mit­ted con­tact­ing the Jeremy Kyle show as she wanted them all to go on the show.”

In a state­ment read to the court, Ms Steele said: “This ha­rass­ment has got me down. I can no longer live a day without it be­ing af­fected by Katie.”

Good­win pleaded guilty to ha­rass­ment be­tween August 1 2016 and Fe­bru­ary 1 this year, and ar­rang­ing un­so­licited contacts by a third party or busi­ness.

She com­mit­ted the of­fences in breach of a con­di­tional dis­charge from Jan­uary 2016 for com­mon as­sault.

Richard Car­lin, de­fend­ing, said: “She made full and frank ad­mis­sions at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

“She was ex­tremely up­set that the fa­ther of her child was cheat­ing on her and this was ex­ac­er­bated as he con­tin­ued to have a re­la­tion­ship with her. He was set­ting them off against each other.

“She ad­mits she took it too far.”

Good­win was given a nine-month com­mu­nity or­der with a 10-day Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ac­tiv­ity Re­quire­ment.

She must pay a £100 fine, £85 vic­tim sur­charge and com­pen­sa­tion of £75.

A 12 month re­strain­ing or­der bans her from con­tact­ing Ms Steele.

Katie Good­win

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