Teenager ad­mits to ha­rass­ing young mum

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRITTON

ATEENAGER ter­ri­fied a mum in her home by turn­ing up at night and throw­ing stones at her win­dow as well as send­ing threat­en­ing mes­sages.

Richard Bates, 18, of Bryn­more Drive, Mac­cles­field, tar­geted the flat of Yas­min Roberts to ‘get back’ at her friend, his ex-part­ner Kee­ley Hud­son-Fro­gatt, a court heard.

Miss Roberts re­ported to po­lice that some­one had been press­ing the buzzer at her flat on Knight Street in Mac­cles­field, at night and throw­ing stones at her win­dow.

Ch­ester Crown Court heard it con­tin­ued over a month and she was scared for the safety of her­self and her young daugh­ter.

She re­alised it was Bates af­ter he sent threat­en­ing Snapchat mes­sages to her and Miss Hud­son-Fro­gatt.

When po­lice caught up with Bates he had a blade and threat­ened po­lice he would harm him­self. He sliced his arm and had to be taken to hospi­tal af­ter his ar­rest. The court heard he had also sent pic­tures of self harm to the vic­tims.

Judge Recorder Eric Lamb gave Bates a six­month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 18 months

Pros­e­cut­ing, Peter Hussey said: “He re­peat­edly pressed the in­ter­com buzzer and threw stones at the win­dow, so hard she thought it might break. Miss Roberts thought he may be re­spon­si­ble and then mes­sages on Snapchat con­firmed that.

“He sent abu­sive mes­sages with thinly veiled threats to his ex-part­ner and Yas­min Roberts. She feared for her safety and her child’s.”

The vic­tim said in a state­ment read in court: “I’ve not been able to sleep as I’m scared some­thing else will hap­pen.”

Bates pleaded guilty to two counts of ha­rass­ment be­tween April 4 and May 5.

De­fend­ing, Damien Ze­la­zowski, said: “He’s be­fore the court open and re­morse­ful. He was try­ing to get back at his ex be­cause of the hurt she caused him.

“He’s a young man who’s had a dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing. He lost both his par­ents at an early age and has never had emo­tional sup­port.”

Recorder Lamb said: “Con­sid­er­ing your cir­cum­stances you were par­tic­u­larly mixed up at the time but that’s no com­fort to Miss Roberts who was un­der siege in her home. This was very se­ri­ous, the vic­tim talks about be­ing pet­ri­fied and the ten­sion it caused with her friend.”

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Handy­man Matthew San­ders re­fur­bished seat­ing at the junc­tion of Churchill Way and Ch­ester­gate

Richard Bates

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