A man sent his estranged wife a picture of their wedding day with a knife through it after she walked out on him.

Martin Rattigan bombarded his wife of 10 years Catherine with more than 100 text messages after she suddenly left their home.

Now the 42-year-old has pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment between March and April.

Robert Campbell, prosecuting, told Kirklees magistrates that there were some tensions within the couple’s relationship.

He said: “On March 3 there was an argument and the defendant wanted her son to move out of the house.

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“He said: ‘If I catch you cooking his tea I’m going to batter you’.

“She had enough, moved out and has not returned since.”

After she left Mrs Rattigan received 100 texts and WhatsApp messages from her estranged husband, now of Bradshaw Avenue in Honley.

He also left her up to 50 voicemail messages, Mr Campbell said.

He added: “Some of the messages were pleasant however some involved calling her names.

“He also sent some photos of their wedding day - one of them had a knife through it.”

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Rattigan was arrested and told police that his wife had suddenly walked out on him and he was upset and angry.

Sonia Kidd, mitigating, said that her client wanted answers as to why his relationship had been drawn to the conclusion it had.

She told magistrates that her client had also received a letter informing him that his wife had terminated the tenancy on their home and that he had to vacate the property.

Mrs Kidd said: “This added fuel to the fire.”

Magistrates made a restraining order banning Rattigan from contacting his ex for two years.

He also has to complete 15 days of rehabilitation activities and comply with a seven week curfew as part of a community order.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.