A SHIFT worker who bombarded his former partner with calls and text messages has admitted a harassment charge.
Ben Owens, 26, of Waterloo Terrace, Newbridge, near Wrexham, appeared in custody at a special weekend sitting of Flintshire Magistrates Court on Saturday.
He was bailed pending sentence on condition he does not approach his victim and does not enter Gwersyllt.
He must also live at his home address and observe a 9pm to 6am curfew.
Prosecutor Huw Evans told how complainant Cerys Thomas and Owens had been in a relationship which was said to have ended in January but he admitted he had harassed her between September 13 and October 18.
It would appear Owens could not accept the breakdown in the relationship and he had also been hit by the death of his father.
On September 13, between 4.52am and 9.40am, Miss Thomas received 18 text messages and 24 telephone calls from him, Mr Evans said.
Text messages were abusive and made reference to her new partner.
In one phone call he said he was coming over to get her and the police were called when she believed that he said he had a knife.
Police attended and searched Owens but no knife was found.
He was bailed not to contact her but then breached his bail by making a number of calls and sending unwanted texts.
Owens was asking her to drop the charge and he said he would lose his job, his house, everything. “I am not a bad man,” he said.
Melissa Griffiths, defending, said her client lived alone, had been hit hard by the sudden death of his father, and visited his blind mother every day to ensure she was all right.
He worked at Cadbury’s in Wrexham and was normally a law-abiding citizen.
Owens had not come to terms with the death of his father and that might have coloured his relationships with other people.
While the 18-month relationship came to an end in January, they had remained in close contact and following his father’s death he was “reaching out to her”.
But she did not want the relationship to become a full-time one again and he had difficulty coming to terms with that.7
There had been no violence and he had already spent a night in custody, Miss Griffiths explained, and said Owens would no longer contact Miss Thomas.
Magistrates adjourned for a pre-sentence report and told Owens all sentencing options including custody would remain open.