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Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Barrow woman sent ex hundreds of texts in row about dog

A YOUNG Barrow woman bombarded her ex with hundreds of texts in a custody row over their pet dog.

GUILTY Ruth Florelse Mansell admitted harassment without violence HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50065943B000

Ruth Florelse Mansell, 24, of Prospect Road, Barrow, also waited by Jenny McGovern’s car after work and followed her home in a bid to get back together.

When she appeared before Furness Magistrates’ Court, she admitted harassment without violence between May 15 and May 29.

District judge Gerald Chalk decided not to impose a restraining order on the BAE Systems apprentice, but described her behaviour as “unacceptable” and ordered her to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said the pair had been in a two-year relationship, when they decided to split. But Mansell had a change of mind and sent Miss McGovern hundreds of texts, including 40 on May 26.

Mrs Hine said one text claimed she was going to hurt herself and lots were about the dog they owned together. On one occasion, Miss McGovern finished work and went to her car parked at Waterside House, at BAE.

Mansell was standing by it and tried to stop her getting in and from closing the door. She then followed Miss McGovern to her sister’s home and pleaded for her not to leave her.

A similar scene unfolded the next day, and on another occasion Mansell knocked at the complainant’s door, in the company of others, and shouted “come outside”. The group then sat in a car outside.

Mr Sean Harkin, defending, told the court on Tuesday that both women worked at the same place and any meetings were by chance. The meetings at the car were “simply to talk”.

Mr Harkin said: “She is very close to the dog and extremely upset by the current situation and is taking legal advice. It’s a joint ownership. It’s something she takes very seriously and it’s been mainly text messages regarding the dog. There’s no threat of violence, no abuse.”

Mr Chalk ordered Mansell to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. He said she’d intended to intimidate and added: “She may have hurt you emotionally, she may well have your flaming dog – I don’t care about the dog. What you’re doing to her is appalling.”


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