Magistrates toughened up a restraining order to stop a man from harassing his ex partner with texts and calls – and warned him he could face prison if he returns to court.
Benjamin Jenkins (30), of Kimblewick Lane, Spalding, was already prevented by a restraining order imposed in July from going within 100 metres of Emma Inglis’ home.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Ms Inglis contacted police on September 25 to say she’d had a series of text messages and phone calls from Jenkins, “some of which are threatening in nature”.
Messages were received between September 3-25 and Ms Inglis felt harassed by them.
Jenkins told magistrates he contacted Ms Inglis about a family matter.
But presiding magistrate Ros Gulson warned Jenkins he was going about that in the wrong way and he could face custody if he is before the court again for harassment.
Jenkins, who pleaded guilty to harassment, was conditionally discharged for six months and must pay a £15 victim surcharge.
The new order prevents Jenkins from contacting Ms Inglis – directly or indirectly by any electronic means, including phone, text and social networks – unless it involves a specified family matter and the contact is made through a solicitor.