Breached court order by sending texts to his ex

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A man prohibited by a court order from contacting his former partner had been drinking when he sent her 20 to 25 texts in a single night.

Aaron Epton (27) was given a restraining order at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on February 14 this year when he was acquitted at a trial.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Epton agreed at the time to the order being made.

He said Epton’s former partner, Sarah Lawton, pointed out their two year relationship ended in December last year due to “domestic violence”.

Mr Clare said Ms Lawton was out with her new boyfriend on October 11 and saw Epton walking towards them.

Later Epton sent her 20-25 text messages, which she described as abusive but not threatening.

Epton (27), of Kemp Street, Crowland, was fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £20 victim surcharge when he pleaded guilty to breaching the restraining order.

The court heard he has no previous convictions.

Solicitor Mark Hudson, mitigating, said Epton did not accept there was any domestic violence, but a matter alleging assault made its way to trial and the “so-called victim” did not attend.

On the day of the breach, he went into the pub for a drink “and stupidly in drink sent these messages.”