A man threatened to kill his ex-wife and dance on her grave after she started seeing a new partner.
Jonathan Haycock bombarded his former wife of 10 years with a series of chilling texts when their relationship ended.
The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to harassment when he appeared before Kirklees magistrates.
He was warned that he faces prison when he is sentenced later this month.
The court heard that Haycock, of Station Road, Eastthorpe, Mirfield, and his relationship with his wife Victoria ended last September.
In December this was formally ended but between March 23 and April 19, Haycock sent her a large number of abusive and threatening text messages.
Ben Smith, prosecuting, said: “The matters started when the defendant found out that his ex had started a new relationship.”
In one message Haycock demanded to know if he was receiving a settlement from his former wife.
In another he warned her that “every sordid detail” about their relationship would come out in and wrote in one: “Keep an eye on Facebook, it will make for very interesting reading.”
Mr Smith said: “The complainant believed that he had set up a false identity on Facebook to stalk her.
“Another message said if if she didn’t pay settlement money he would post explicit pictures (of her) on the internet.
“This caused the complainant to feel sick and scared.”
Magistrates heard that the contents of the messages became more sinister, with Haycock threatening to harm her.
Mr Smith said: “He said: ‘You’re a horrible human being. You’ll draw a large crowd just waiting to dance on your grave - I’ll get some tap shoes’.”
In another sick message Haycock threatened to smash her teeth and burn off her “orange cellulite”, adding: “Be gone foul beast.”
In one text he threatened to slash her smile and in another stated that he was going to murder his former wife or her family.
Mrs Haycock was in Sweden when she received this final threat but she reported the messages to police when she got home.
Haycock was arrested and in interview said that he was angry about her seeing another man.
He told police that he was on new medication which made him feel like he was living outside his body.
Paul Normandale, mitigating, described the messages as out of character.
He told magistrates: “It was at a time when his medication was changed quite dramatically.”
Magistrates ordered a full report before sentencing Haycock on July 31.
He is banned from contacting his ex wife in the meantime.
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