Man who sent threatening message to ex-wife's partner must carry out unpaid work

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A STUDLEY man who told a young girl to pass on a message to his wife’s new partner that he was going to kill him has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Rodney Innamorati had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to breaching a restraining order under which he was banned from contacting his ex-wife or her partner directly or indirectly.

Innamorati, aged 48, of Redditch Road, was given a 12-month community sentence and ordered to do 50 hours of unpaid work and to pay £1,200 costs.

Judge Alan Parker also imposed a new restraining order with more severe restrictions.

Under that order, Innamorati is banned from contacting his estranged wife Lisa Doogan except through solicitors in connection with family matters, or from contacting her partner Adam Yapp directly or indirectly, for an indefinite period.

He is also prevented from contacting or attempting to contact his children other than as sanctioned by the Family Court.

Prosecutor Lal Amarasinghe said that in October last year Innamorati learned that if his estranged wife was jailed for stealing £64,000 from her mother, their children wanted to stay with Mr Yapp.

He approached an 11-year-old girl outside his children’s school, and asked her to pass on a message that he was 'going to kill Adam'.

Mr Amarasinghe pointed out that Innamorati had entered his plea on the basis that he did not mean it, and that it had been 'an emotional outburst' which was not intended to be taken seriously.

The original restraining order had been imposed for an offence of harassment after his marriage ended and he moved out of the family home in March 2012.

The harassment began after Mr Yapp became Ms Doogan’s new partner, and initially he was given a police warning in May that year.

But his harassment of the couple continued, including by posting messages on Ms Doogan’s Facebook page and attending her place of work.

As a result he was arrested and given a caution, and, when that failed to stop him, he was prosecuted for harassment and ordered to do unpaid work and made subject to the restraining order in June last year, added Mr Amarasinghe.

Philip Brunt, defending, said there had been no attempt at any contact, either direct or indirect, with Ms Doogan or Mr Yapp since October.

And he commented: “This is all very much in the past.”

Judge Parker told Innamorati: "You behaved very foolishly. I quite understand you were a respectable man with no history of disobedience at all.

"But for reasons I don’t need to know, your marriage broke down and you were left profoundly unhappy, and you felt you had been wronged.

"That has led you to come to court on these occasions and then for you to act in an imprudent way. Not only did you make a threat to your wife’s new partner, but you used a child to do so.

"You have got to continue to behave in a faultless way."

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