A JEALOUS husband stalked his wife by fitting a tracking device to her car and hacking into her emails.

Financial advisor Glenn Bond appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The 50-year-old admitted stalking his now ex-wife Kelly Bond over a period of 13 months between September 2017 and October 2018.

There was a delay to the start of proceedings when it was revealed the chair of magistrates, Mike Halshaw, had known the defendant in a previous job.

Mr Halshaw had worked as head of human resources at Furness Building Society around 10 years ago when Bond was a manager at the firm.

“We have no ongoing relationship and there was no social interaction,” Mr Halshaw said in court.

Both defence and prosecution accepted they were happy for Mr Halshaw to continue as chair of the bench.

Bond is now understood to work for Cumbria accountancy and consultancy firm Lamont Pridmore.

Prosecutor Diane Jackson revealed Bond had been with Kelly for around 14 years and they got married in 2010.

The relationship broke down in September 2017 and Mrs Bond moved into a caravan the couple owned at South End on Walney with their two children, now aged six and 10.

“She said he was always calling her and turning up at the caravan because he had a key,” the prosecutor said.

“She became concerned in January 2018 when he rang her at work and said ‘I know about you and him, I’ve read the emails’.”

The court heard Mrs Bond had started seeing a colleague and she could not understand how her ex had read her emails as she had changed the password.

“I realised my son had my emails linked to his Xbox and when I asked him he said his dad had asked him to put the password in so he could look at my emails,” Mrs Bond told police.

The court heard Bond had forwarded some of the emails to Mrs Bond’s boss.

As a result the pair were no longer allowed to work on the same shifts and Mrs Jackson said: “It almost resulted in Mrs Bond losing her job.”

When Mrs Bond spent a night at the Malmaison Hotel in Manchester Bond called the hotel to check if she was there.

He also repeatedly followed Mrs Bond in her car and constantly called and texted her.

At one point he said to her: “You do realise this is going to end nastily for you don’t you?”

On September 22 of last year, after becoming concerned her ex-husband always seemed to know where she was, Mrs Bond took her car to a garage.

They found a tracking device had been fitted to her car and Mrs Bond took it to police.

She told them: “I have begged him to stop harassing me. I’m not myself, I peep out of my curtains, I’m always looking around for him when I’m in the car, I just want him to leave me alone.”

When he was interviewed by police Bond, of Coniston Road in Barrow, admitted he was “obsessed with getting back with her”.

Defence solicitor Karen Templeton argued the stalking had not caused a significant amount of harm to his victim.

“If she potentially lost her job it was because she had sent sexually-explicit emails and not because he had sent them to her boss,” the solicitor said.

“Yes he wanted her back and yes he accepts he was obsessed but it was not designed to cause her distress and he describes her as blowing hot and cold.”

Bond was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, complete 15 days rehabilitation with the Probation Service and pay £85 costs. He was also given a two-year restraining order.