A MAN harassed his wife after she left him and found new love.
Ricky Williams bombarded wife Shelley with threatening texts after their relationship of 19 years broke down.
Mrs Williams said she was frightened of her husband and claimed he was obsessed with her.
Williams, 39, admitted harassment through numerous messages sent to his wife between June 26 and July 3 when he appeared before Kirklees magistrates.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said that the relationship ended in March because Mrs Williams couldn’t cope with his behaviour towards her.
The only contact she had with her husband was when she picked their teenage son up from his home.
However Williams, of Charles Street in Dewsbury, kept calling and texting her.
Mrs Fowler said: “He still wanted a relationship, but she didn’t want anything to do with him. She told the defendant a number of times to leave her alone.”
Following the couple’s separation Mrs Williams started seeing another man.
Mrs Fowler said: “She received several calls of a threatening nature, threatening this other man. She was scared. There’s been violence in their relationship previously.”
Mrs Fowler said that in one text Williams wrote: ‘I’m watching you, I’m dying to hurt him. I will make his life a misery’.
Mrs Fowler said: “She believes she’s being pressurised to get back with him and that’s not what she wants.
“Because of this harassment she’s terrified what he’s going to do to her or her new partner.
“She believes he’s obsessed.”
The Huddersfield bench was told that Mrs Williams wanted a restraining order to be made against her ex.
Zahid Majeed, defending, said that his client was ‘emotional’ after he lost the woman he loved and found out that she was in a relationship with someone he knew.
“At the time his emotions overcame him, he accepts that his conduct was inappropriate.”
Magistrates said that a full report was needed before they could sentence Williams.
They granted him conditional bail until August 9 when his case will be dealt with to a conclusion.
His bail conditions are not to contact Mrs Williams nor go within 100 metres of Woodfield Avenue in Batley.