Phone menace punished

Law and order
Law and order

A LONELY man sent offensive text messages to a stranger after finding her number on a shop window advertisement.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Gary Baker, 32, of Main Road, Leabrooks, spotted the tailoring service advert and sent text messages stating, “I want your body. I want sex.”

The woman did not recognise Gary Baker’s phone number, according to the court, and he sent her more texts, apologising for the first message and wishing her a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Fernando Rodrigues, prosecuting, told magistrates that she replied by text, asking who had sent the message and the court heard how Baker answered with an invitation to his home.

The victim became “fed-up” with the messages and phoned Baker’s number but she heard only an answering service, said Mr Rodrigues.

He added: “Police were informed and the phone was recovered. The defendant initially said his phone must have been hacked but then he accepted sending messages after getting the number from a shop window in Clay Cross.”

Baker told police he felt bored and lonely and chose the number because he needed some repairs carrying out.

He admitted sending an indecent or offensive phone message between February 2 and 17 and he was fined £48 with £85 costs by justices who described the offence as “silly”.

Baker told the court: “I’m very sorry. I did something wrong.”