Ex-partner punished for breaching contact ban

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A BOLSOVER dad sent threatening messages to his ex-partner in defiance of a court order banning him from contacting her.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how a two-year restraining order was imposed on Ashley Bradbury last November when he was jailed for four months for attacking Rachel Wrigglesworth.

But, the court also heard, how he started contacting her again in March sending her 20 text messages in one day.

Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, said he had been “jealous and controlling” during the two-year relationship and assaulted Ms Wrigglesworth while she was pregnant.

Ms Wrigglesworth ended the relationship and he attacked her in Market Place, Bolsover, according to the court.

After coming out of prison he contacted her regarding their child and his text messages “became more nasty” said Mrs Haslam.

The court heard how he turned up at her home on March 24 and shouted through a letter box and he sent her 20 text messages the following day.

She found him in her kitchen on another occasion and on July 9 he approached her in the street and shouted at her.

Mrs Haslam said: “He said to her, ‘I will always be in your life. I’ll never go away. There’s nothing you can do about it’.

“She felt scared and says he grinds her down. She was trying to rebuild her life and he was taking it away from her and constantly harassing her.”

Bradbury, 23, of Town End, Bolsover, admitted breaching a restraining order between March 23-31 and on July 9. The court heard how he had previously assaulted her twice and damaged her property.

He was given a one-year probation supervision order and 120 hours unpaid work with £85 costs.

The bench also imposed a new two-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting her or going to her home in High Street, Whitwell.

Kevin Tomlinson, defending Bradbury, said: “He wasn’t given a copy of the restraining order when he was jailed. He says he was in a mess at the time.

“They had exchanged text messages over a period of time and she acknowledges that. While she says his messages were unwanted they were often in response to messages she had sent him and were often not of a threatening nature.”