Ellesmere Port man hid under ex's bed and said he was 'watching'


Natalie Barnett

A JILTED lover was found hiding under his terrified ex-girlfriend’s bed after forcing his way into her bedroom and bombarding her with text messages claiming he was watching her, a court heard.

Kyle Ravencroft, 18, told his former partner he would “kick her head in” and pleaded with her to talk to him, but when she ignored his messages, he text her to say he was in her house and had been watching her.

The following morning, Rebecca Reeves was disturbed to find Ravencroft under her bed as she sat down to answer a phone call to her friend.

Ravencroft, of Richmond Court, Ellesmere Port, pleaded guilty to stalking Miss Reeves before West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Alan Currums, prosecuting, said Miss Reeves had ended her relationship with Ravencroft three days before he sneaked in to her home because he was controlling.

Mr Currums told the court: “Up until June 30 of this year, the defendant and Rebecca Reeves had been in a relationship for almost a year but she says she ended the relationship because of the defendant’s controlling behaviour.

“She says the defendant had been sending her threatening text messages such as he would kick her head in and she was frightened.

“On July 3, Miss Reeves was at home when she began to receive a number of text messages from the defendant which were frightening in nature.

“In them the defendant said he was outside her home waiting to talk to her. Then he said he was watching her. At 12.30am she received a text from the defendant telling her he was in her house. Miss Reeves was so frightened she slept in her mum’s room.”

When Ravencroft was found under the bed, at about 9am the next morning, he was told to leave and he ran out of the Ellesmere Port house taking Miss Reeves’ mobile phone with him.

It was later discovered a handle in the bedroom window had been snapped off.

Ravencroft was arrested less than two hours later after trying to evade police by jumping out of a first floor window, Mr Currums added.

The court heard how almost immediately after Ravencroft had appeared before a court for the stalking offence, he had been bailed with strict conditions not to contact

Miss Reeves, but he ignored the warnings and went to her place of work, where he handed her a note in which he urged to meet him so he could say goodbye.

Taryn Craddock, defending said: “Mr Ravencroft is understandably having difficulty with the breakdown of the relationship. It is a case where he is letting his heart rule his head.”

Ravencroft pleaded guilty to breaching the conditions of his bail also. Magistrates refused further bail and remanded Ravencroft in custody until July 22, when he will re-appear for sentencing before the court. A pre-sentence report was requested prior to his sentencing.

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