A MAN who harassed his former girlfriend in Uttoxeter for months after they broke up has been sentenced at court.
Brendon Fletcher, 45, of Olympic Close, Burton pleaded guilty to harassment without violence for sending numerous texts and making phone calls to Gemma Bertelsen between October and December 2013.
He appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court on Friday where a list of incidents were read out, including sending her flowers, letters and texts telling her he loved her and asking why the relationship had failed.
He also sent her a message on eBay stating that she had sold everything including her love life and soul.
Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, said: “He sent many letters.
“He also sent text messages and made silent phone calls.
“He said he wanted answers from her about why the relationship broke down so he sent her letters and flowers.
“He said it was not threatening, he just loved her and wanted her to tell her why she has brought the relationship to an end.
“She said she made it quite clear she wanted him to leave her alone.
“On November 26 he sent her a text saying he was still thinking about her but would be gone soon.”
Defending, Shabbir Issat, said Fletcher’s former partner had been his rock following the death of Fletcher’s son.
He said: “Losing her had a devastating effect, he wanted some sort of closure or answers. He wasn’t going to harm her.”
Mr Issat added that Fletcher had now moved on, was looking after his daughter and no longer drank. He also has a new partner.
He said: “Being arrested and coming to court has opened his eyes.”
Magistrates imposed a 12 month community order, along with a restraining order. He must also pay £445 in fines and court costs.