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Man who harassed Redditch woman given community order
6:10pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A MAN has been handed a 12-month community order by Redditch magistrates for assaulting and harassing a former girlfriend.
Bradley Darnley, 20, of The Crest, West Heath, had pleaded guilty to assaulting and harassing Nadine Crawford at an earlier hearing.
On September 25, Redditch Magistrates’ Court heard statements from Ms Crawford, read out by Mr Beale, prosecuting.
She said the relationship had initially been good, when the pair first lived in Birmingham.
But Ms Crawford said Darnley’s behaviour changed when he had been drinking.
The relationship became turbulent, the court heard, and on several occasions police were called.
The couple moved to Redditch for a fresh start but during a night out at the Abbey Pub, in August, Ms Crawford said Darnley took issue with her speaking to a man.
She said after leaving the pub, Darnley became more abusive to her, calling her offensive names. After people intervened, Ms Crawford tried to run away.
But Darnley followed and slapped her, leading to his arrest.
Ms Crawford said she knew then the relationship had to end.
But Darnley went on to harass her, and climbed through the window of Ms Crawford’s house, waking her in her bed by stroking her face.
After she pretended to go back to sleep he left but later returned, bringing her breakfast and a bunch of flowers.
Ms Crawford’s father told him to leave.
Darnley then repeatedly attempted to contact her by making 50 calls and sending 67 texts. He also contacted her on Facebook, saying how much he loved her.
Mr Beale said Ms Crawford had been scared by the harassment.
Sunil Jagatia, defending, said the relationship had been the first Darnley had got involved in, at the age of 16, and said on the night of the assault he had been drinking.
Mr Jagatia said Darnley now accepted the relationship was finished and had admitted guilt at the first opportunity.
He added Darnley was looking for work, and was thinking of going into full-time education.
Darnley was given a 12-month community order including supervision and 21 days of community activity.
In addition he was given a restraining order, stating he must not contact Ms Crawford for two years.
Darnley was also ordered to pay £285, including costs and a victim surcharge.
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