Restraining Order Slapped On Man Who Harassed His Ex-Girlfriend

A RESTRAINING order has been slapped on a man who harassed his ex-girlfriend by hounding her with threatening phone calls and text messages at all times of the day and night. Alex Hughes has been ordered to stay away from Victoria Bradley and her family f

A RESTRAINING order has been slapped on a man who harassed his ex-girlfriend by hounding her with threatening phone calls and text messages at all times of the day and night.

Alex Hughes has been ordered to stay away from Victoria Bradley and her family for the next two years.

And Ely magistrates have ordered him to keep away from Ms Bradley's Littleport home, and her workplace.

The couple's two-year relationship ended on December 28 last year at Victoria Bradley's request, said prosecutor Yetunde Fawehinmi.

Hughes had been living with his partner, who said their relationship had been volatile and violent.

Hughes, 26, formerly of Fishers Bank, Littleport, but currently undergoing drug treatment in Warrington, changed his plea on Thursday, and admitted harassing Miss Bradley between December 28 and January 28, putting her in fear of violence.

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He also admitted stealing a vacuum cleaner and DVD player from Tesco on January 18, and asked for two other theft offences to be taken into account.

"He made unwanted telephone calls, he threatened to kill her," said Mrs Fawehinmi. There were also text messages, and he telephoned her place of work.

After hearing that Victoria Bradley had been fearful, Hughes was remorseful, and said: "I didn't mean to make her feel like that, I would not do anything to hurt her," said solicitor Michael Judkins.

"At the time of the offences he was descending more into drug use, on the date of the Tesco offence he had taken a huge amount of valium. His life was in turmoil."

But Hughes is now in rehab added Mr Judkins. "His mother has been more supportive than you can possible imagine," he said.

Giving Hughes an 18-month supervision order, with a course to address substance related offending, presiding magistrate Janet South told him: "This lady must have been terrified by your actions.

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