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Man harassed ex in Uttoxeter all because he wanted answers

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A MAN who bombarded his ex-girlfriend with text messages and letters claimed he just wanted answers about why they had broken up, a court has been told.

Brendon Fletcher sent a raft of messages to Gemma Bertelson in Uttoxeter after she ended their relationship last year. He also sent flowers and went to her house – all after she got a harassment order against him.

Burton Magistrates’ Court was told the 45-year-old had not meant any harm and still cared for his former partner, which is why he persisted in pursuing her.

John Peel, prosecuting, said the problem started at the start of October when Fletcher sent text messages. An order was put in place by police.

He said: “Unfortunately, that didn’t stop what he was doing.

“When he was interviewed at a later date he said he was fully aware of what the order means and that he was to refrain from communicating with her, however, he said he wanted answers.

“He said the messages were not threatening, he still loved her and wanted her to talk to him.”

Fletcher also sent his ex-girlfriend a message on eBay, stating she had sold everything, including her love life and her soul.

The harassment took place between October 10 and December 22.

In a victim statement read out in court, Ms Bertelson said she was scared and fearful of her ex-partner.

“I feel if I ignore him for too long he will become angry and may even hurt me,” she said.

But Khomar Masaud, defending, said that was not a valid concern.

“There was nothing threatening about these messages,” he said.

“He just wanted answers. They had a close relationship and he simply wanted answers.

“They had been together a few years and had developed a very close emotional bond. It had not just had an impact on him, but it had an impact on his children.”

Ms Bertelson was living in Uttoxeter when this was taking place.

Fletcher, of Olympic Close, Burton, admitted harassment without violence when he stood before magistrates.

Sentencing has been delayed until a probation report has been prepared to give more information.

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