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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Court order for Barrow jilted lover who harassed his ex

A JILTED lover from Barrow who refused to leave his ex alone has narrowly avoided jail.

Anthony John Moon, of Worcester Street, pleaded guilty at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to harassment.

The conviction was Moon’s third for harassment, with the last offence taking place in 1999.

The court heard the 52-year-old had been in a relationship with Shirley Martin for nine months after the pair met while working in Tesco Extra in Barrow.

However, after they split up Moon attempted to rekindle the relationship, which prompted a police caution telling him not to contact Ms Martin again.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said Moon had posted pictures of Ms Martin on Facebook under the alias Tim Rogan.

Mrs Hine told the court how after receiving the police caution Moon sent a number of messages on Facebook and turned up at Ms Martin’s mother’s house with flowers following the death of her father. He also posted a picture of Ms Martin on Facebook on Valentine’s Day.

Ms Jane Tunn, defending, said: “These are the actions of a lonely man rather than anything more menacing. The way Ms Martin feels about his actions, she feels as if he is a stalker but in my submission he is simply a lonely man.”

The court was told many of the messages had been sent when Moon was “in drink”.

Ms Tunn read the court an extract of one of the messages Ms Martin submitted to police, which said: “Miss you, I’ve been off the fags since the first, I feel better for it.” It added: “Call in any time.”

She told the court much of the correspondence had been by email which is the “least intrusive” communication.

District judge Mr Gerald Chalk told Moon: “When relationships break up it’s often very sad for those involved, especially if someone does not want it to end.

“This has not happened just once but now on a number of occasions. You are not a young man. It’s time you learned that basic lesson – no means no.”

Moon was sentenced to 60 days in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to attend an alcohol awareness course, to pay £85 costs and a £80 victim surcharge.

Mr Chalk granted a restraining order banning Moon from contacting Ms Martin for seven years.

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