A MAN who admitted harassing his former partner after he claimed he had drunk between 30 and 40 pints in 12 hours has been made the subject of a restraining order.
Steven Godfrey Jones, 37, of Bro Brwynog, Treuddyn, was also sent on a ‘respectful relationships’ course run by the probation service.
Flintshire Magistrates Court heard yesterday that Jones and Hazel Shepherd had been a couple since 2009 and had a child together, but it did not work out and it had became an on-off relationship.
The first offence was criminal damage to Ms Shepherd’s car on New Year’s Day, which Jones admitted.
The couple had been out, Ms Shepherd had returned home but Jones remained out drinking and arrived home at 5.30am.
She said she was leaving, it was alleged he lost his temper and began to smash items.
She calmed him down and took him to his mother’s home at Waen Dyllog, Eryrys, the court heard.
When she left that address Jones tried to lift the car up and caused minor damage to the vehicle.
The harassment occurred in August, when Jones turned up at her home in the Bolton area.
He contacted Ms Shepherd to say that he was in a pub near her home and asked if he could stay.
Prosecutor Matthew Ellis said Jones was told he was not welcome and to stay away.
The following day Ms Shepherd arrived home to see him in her garden. She drove off and the police removed him.
The victim then received text messages, some of which were threatening.
Jones said he would kill her and did not care about the police, Mr Ellis said.
Interviewed, he said on New Year’s Eve he had been drinking for 12 hours and claimed that he had between 30 and 40 pints.
In Bolton he had been drinking before he went to her home, she was not in and he fell asleep in the garden.
Brian Cross, defending, said that the couple had lived together for five years.
Jones accepted that the texts would have been upsetting but he had not meant what he had said.
The defendant had since cut down on his drinking and would welcome assistance from the probation service.
Jones was placed on a 12-month community order with supervision and was sent on an alcohol course.
District judge Andrew Shaw ordered him to go on a respectful relationships course and made a two-year restraining order under which he is not to contact his former partner or go within 100 metres of her present home.