Husband sent nuisance text messages

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A RIDDINGS dad harassed his estranged wife by sending her unwanted text messages, a court heard.

The offence took place after David Rathband, 45, had been warned by police to stop contacting wife Marie.

Andrea Charity, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates on July 25 that Mrs Rathband was with friends in Loscoe on July 11 when she received a message stating: “No police - get girls to ring.”

The next day he wrote: “No police again please. You have destroyed me.”

Mrs Rathband was calling police when he sent her this message: “I just want to sort it out for the best. Call police and I will go down. Do we really mean nothing to each other?”.

Mrs Charity said the messages were “not unpleasant but they were a nuisance. She says he needs help with his mental state of mind.”

Rathband, of Stewart Street, Riddings, admitted harassment between July 10 -13. Sentence was adjourned until August 8 for probation service reports.

He was granted bail on condition he did not contact her or go to an address in Wood Street, Alfreton.

His solicitor, Matt Evans, said he had been in a 26-year relationship and had two daughters at school and an older son.

“He has been living alone in a flat and not seeing his children. He found the situation very frustrating. He just wants to see them.

“He tried to contact her via a third party but that wasn’t successful and he sent three, non-threatening messages.

“This contact has stopped since his arrest and he is going down the correct avenues now. He knows his actions were unacceptable.”

Mr Evans added that Rathband had applied for divorce and was on medication for depression.