Restraining order for text pest

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A TEXT pest who sent messages threatening to kill and rape his former fiancee was given a restraining order banning him from contacting her for the next year.

Mark Williamson (32), formerly of Westwood Drive, Bourne, appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for sentence on an harassment charge.

He must also serve a year-long supervision order and pay £85 costs.

Williamson, who now lives in Grantham, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to pursuing a course of conduct at Bourne on April 20 that amounted to the harassment of Joanna Hirst.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Williamson sent three threatening texts to Ms Hirst on the same night and Ms Hirst believed he would come to her house and kill her.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said: “He fully accepts his culpability in this matter and expresses his regret for what happened.”

Miss Stevens said Williamson and Ms Hirst had been engaged in the past and he was upset because she “blew hot and cold” so far as their relationship was concerned.

He had been due to see her shortly before the offence and became upset when she put him off at the last minute.

Miss Stevens said Williamson has mental health issues and other health problems.