Drunk man from Newton sent 444 texts to ex-partner


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A MAN who sent more than 400 texts threatening to kill his former partner’s new boyfriend has appeared in court.

Adam Murray, 25, of Sussex Road, Newton, pleaded guilty to harassment at West Cheshire Magistrates Court after sending 444 texts to ex-partner, Beth Hopper, threatening to kill her new boyfriend, Ryan Green.

Murray was yesterday made subject to a two-year restraining order against Mr Green and Miss Hopper.

The court heard Murray sent a number of abusive messages from about 10pm on November 15 to 2pm the following day to Miss Hopper, as well as sending numerous threats directed towards Mr Green including messages saying, “I’m going to kill him”, “he is playing with my life”, “I’m going to drag him out of there [his ex-partner’s house]” and “it is him that is getting it”.

Carolyn Viviani, prosecuting, said Miss Hopper replied to about 60 text messages to try and calm Murray down and to try and stop him coming over.

Early on November 16, Miss Hopper called police as she wanted Murray to be warned about his behaviour, but she made a formal complaint when Murray turned up at Mr Green’s place of work.

Ms Viviani said Murray had no previous convictions and asked for a restraining order to be granted to protect the victims.

Guy Dodd, defending, said Murray reacted badly after his relationship with Miss Hopper ended and he then discovered she was living with another man.

Mr Dodd said the offences took place when Murray was “extremely drunk” and he showed considerable remorse about it.

He told the court Murray has sought help for his drinking since his arrest and asked for full credit for his early guilty plea.

As well as the restraining orders, magistrates gave Murray a 12 month community order with supervision with an alcohol treatment requirement. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

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