A DALTON man has been ordered to stay away from his ex-partner’s mother after harassing her.
David Hickman, of Oaklands Drive, was slapped with the restraining order after Huddersfield magistrates heard that he bombarded Mary McSherry with increasingly nasty text messages.
They were told that the 23-year-old had been frustrated at Mrs McSherry because she wasn’t allowing him to see his young son.
Banning him from contacting her for 12 months they warned him to go through the proper channels for access in the future.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said that Mrs McSherry, of Wakefield Road in Dalton, had been Hickman’s point of contact for arranging to see his son since he split up with her daughter.
But in November he started causing problems for the family to the extent that police issued him with a warning.
He was told to stay away from Mrs McSherry’s address and behave himself, but on November 12 he started texting her.
Mrs Fowler said that the first text she received was at 9.24am and was abusive.
He later sent an apology but on November 23 sent a flurry of texts, many of them abusive.
At 10.50pm he turned up at her home and Mrs McSherry called police.
Mrs Fowler said: “She does not want the defendant to continue to contact her or harass her or come to her address.
“The defendant admitted sending the texts. He said he lost his temper and sent messages to hurt her.”
Hickman said that he has deleted her number from his phone.
His solicitor Bob Carr said that the reason Hickman became ‘vile’ towards Mrs McSherry was because she was ignoring his requests to see his son.
He said: “He is entitled to see his son, he just went about it the wrong way.
“When he was interviewed he said: ‘She’s constantly ignoring me and it flips me out. I felt that a few texts is nothing compared to not seeing my son’.”
Magistrates gave Hickman an absolute discharge for 12 months and also ordered him to remain in custody until the afternoon after he failed to surrender to court on a previous date.
They also granted the restraining order which bans him from contacting Mrs McSherry, unless via a solicitor, and going to her address.