Text-pest ex ordered to sort himself out

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AN angry ex-boyfriend who harassed his former partner with phone calls and text messages has been ordered to sort out his behaviour towards women.

Dean Bell was sent to prison and slapped with a restraining order in March last year after attacking the woman.

But after his release from prison, they got back together when she told him the order had been removed.

The pair recently split, and after hearing rumours that she had started a relationship with one of his best friends, he sent her almost 30 messages and called her 45 times in one day before turning up at her South Shields home.

Bell, of Osman Close, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to harassment and breaching a restraining order at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last month.

Magistrates adjourned the case for the probation service to prepare a report about him, and he was back this week to be sentenced.

He was given a two-year community order with supervision, and was told to complete a community domestic violence programme.

Claire Wright, prosecuting, said: “He was jailed for two counts of battery against the same woman in March last year. Despite that, they remained in a relationship until a few weeks ago but after the split, he continued to text and call her.”

Mrs Wright told the court that on August 26, Bell texted the woman at 5.30am, asking for her to send him some phone numbers, and by the end of that day he sent her another 27 messages, called her mobile 15 times and her landline 30 times.

She added: “She answered some of the calls, and told him to stop.

“He then went to her house, but she wouldn’t let him in.”

Joanne Gatens, defending, said: “It is a relationship that has been going on for some time, and it was at her behest that they got back together.

“She even moved into his house in Sunderland.

“They remained in contact after splitting up and when this happened, there had been friendly texts between them. That changed when he found out she had started a relationship with one of his friends.

“She told him to stop texting her but he didn’t, which is when the harassment starts.”

Mrs Gatens added that Bell only went to her house to get his passport, some money and house keys.

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