Jealous HGV driver got nasty on finding his ex had a new partner

A lorry driver intimidated his ex-partner by sending pictures of his location as he got closer to her home after asking to meet her at McDonald's. Kenneth Fenton had broken up with her former girlfriend but became "nasty" when he found out she was seeing someone else. Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court heard that the 48-year-old bombarded her with calls, texts and WhatsApp messages before turning up in his car outside her home.

On one occasion he asked to meet her at McDonald's and went on to send screen shots to her of his location as he got closer to her address in Newhall, Swadlincote. Magistrates described his behaviour as serious and handed him a community order for his actions. Susan Wilson, chair of the magistrate bench, said: "We have looked at the matter.

"(There was) a significant number of messages, you made telephone calls and text messages. This is serious. "Looking at the guidelines, it falls within 2C which means we are going to give you a community order this morning.

"We have taken into account your early guilty plea." The court heard that the offence took place between September 6 and 9 last year. Sarah Sanderson, prosecuting, said: "The parties had been in a relationship, but this ended in June, last year.

"There had been no contact between them until the end of August when the defendant started making contact. She was talking with him. "The defendant discovered she had a new partner and he became nasty.

She told the defendant she didn't want to meet him. He continued to message her asking if she wanted to meet. "It was described as relentless and the victim had to turn her phone off."

The court heard how at one point he asked her to meet at McDonald's, before sending screen shots of locations as he got closer to her home address. Ms Sanderson said he was also spotted outside the victim's house by her daughter when she was looking out the window. The police had already been notified.

She said: "He saw the police officers and drove away. He sent her a further message saying 'police, I **** on them' and called her a grass." The court heard how he went on to be arrested and during his interview made no comment to the majority of questions put to him, but did say he didn't harass anybody.

Ms Sanderson said he had 11 convictions for 21 offences, his last offence being in 1999, but concerned nothing similar in nature. James Close, mitigating, told the court Fenton should get credit for his guilty plea. He said: "There's no objection to the restraining order and he hasn't contacted her in any way shape or form.

"However, the opposite has occurred as she has tried to phone him twice, tried to contact his wife and tried to get contact over Facebook and Instagram. He hasn't responded to any of that. "He is an HGV driver and lives by himself.

He hasn't been in trouble for 20 years."

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Fenton, of Clifton Road, Rugby, pleaded guilty to one charge of harassment. Magistrates handed him a 12 month community order which included 150 hours of unpaid work. He was then told to pay a GBP90 victim surcharge and GBP85 in costs, taking his total to pay to GBP175.

A restraining order was also imposed for two years.

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