11 May 2012
A jealous ex-boyfriend who scared his former lover with menacing text messages to the point that she fled to South America was given a restraining order.
Michael Manning, 28, told her to “watch out” after he discovered she had started seeing another man – two years after they broke up.
One message read: “Don't think I'm going to let you get away with all of this. Don't f***ing phone back. I hate you. I want you gone you hoe. Watch your address is out and about.”
Manning sent only two text messages to the woman, but also called her, on April 8. In her statement to police, the woman said Manning’s behaviour had got out of hand.
“It’s got to the point that I’m no longer able to stay with my mum,” she said. The court heard that she had been so scared by Manning that she travelled to Ecuador to escape.
Manning pleaded guilty to two counts of sending menacing messages on April 8 and 10. The chair of the magistrate panel, Mr Cohen, said: “These were nasty text messages, whatever one says...Pretty menacing and pretty horrible.”
Manning, of Evelina Road in Peckham was then sentenced to a twelve month community order, with twelve month’s supervision, including a domestic abuse course, and given 80 hours of unpaid work.
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