Fit­ness coach f led af ter her ex sent 1,168 texts

Ob­sessed for­mer lover used 9 fake email ac­counts in abuse blitz

Scottish Daily Mail - - Forever Autumn ... - By Claire Duf­fin HER EX-LOVER

A PER­SONAL trainer had to flee her home and quit her job when her ex hounded her with more than 1,000 texts and re­lent­less abuse on so­cial me­dia.

Kate Brooks, 35, said his ac­tions af­ter she ended their ‘toxic and con­trol­ling’ re­la­tion­ship had left her a ‘bro­ken woman’.

Heath Speak­man, 49, falsely ac­cused her of cheat­ing with a col­league and set up fake email and so­cial me­dia ac­counts to ha­rass her, a court heard.

His mes­sages claimed he had can­cer and was about to take his own life and he left a hand­writ­ten note on her car claim­ing he had a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tion and threat­en­ing to post of­fen­sive mes­sages about it.

On one ar­ti­cle called the ‘Naked Truth’ that she posted on her own fit­ness blog, he replied: ‘Wouldn’t worry, every­one has seen you naked’.

Miss Brooks said she was so scared of Speak­man, a fa­ther of two who ran a car­pet clean­ing firm, that she had to have an es­cort from work and she left home to move in with a friend.

Po­lice said he sent a to­tal of 1,168 text mes­sages and cre­ated nine fake email ac­counts to ha­rangue her over three months. Miss Brooks, of Dis­ley, Greater Manch­ester, re­lived her or­deal at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court where Speak­man of St He­lens, Mersey­side was yes­ter­day found guilty of ha­rass­ment.

He failed to turn up for the trial and a war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest.

The court heard that he be­gan hound­ing her af­ter they sep­a­rated in 2018 af­ter three years to­gether.

She said: ‘I was so sucked into this toxic and con­trol­ling re­la­tion­ship, I was com­pletely lost and a shell of a per­son. I was com­pletely bro­ken. I was with my sis­ter for six weeks,

‘He was ac­cus­ing me of cheat­ing and ly­ing. I had a blog, since deleted, called “Gym and Tone­ics” and he used his busi­ness page to com­ment on every sin­gle thing I posted.

‘On one post he wrote: “Was Tom there, did you talk about me?”

‘Tom was a per­sonal trainer. I had ses­sions with him years ago and he was ob­sessed with that guy. He thought I had cheated with him.’ She told the court that Speak­man would show up at her gym ‘all the time’ af­ter their re­la­tion­ship ended.

‘I felt there was no way of get­ting away from him. He knew my rou­tine.

Work were aware of what was go­ing on. I changed my shift at the gym. I would see his car driv­ing around [and] then parked next to my car.

‘He was suf­fo­cat­ing me and com­ing from all an­gles – it was non-stop, mul­ti­ple times a day. I had to leave my job, I didn’t feel safe working at the gym.

‘As a per­sonal trainer I have to put my­self out there in the pub­lic do­main. But any time I have an en­quiry from an un­known num­ber, there’s a fear that it’s him.’

He told her he wasn’t go­ing to stop un­til she re­sponded and he wanted to ‘con­front her’ so she called po­lice and he was ar­rested in Au­gust last year.

PC Tracy Brookes told the court: ‘When asked why he con­tin­ued to con­tact her af­ter she blocked him, Speak­man said he didn’t know if she was get­ting the mes­sage.

‘He said he is receiving treat­ment at hos­pi­tal and said he knew about one of the Face­book ac­counts, but he was not re­spon­si­ble. He con­firmed he had been to the gym with his chil­dren.’

‘Said he had can­cer or would kill him­self’

Hounded: Kate Brooks said she ended up ‘bro­ken’ THE FIT­NESS COACH

Con­trol­ling: Heath Speak­man

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