Darlington man made 351 calls to former partner despite restraining order (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Darlington man made 351 calls to former partner despite restraining order
A DARLINGTON man bombarded his former partner with hundreds of phone calls despite already being subject to a restraining order, a court was told.
Tony Hussain made 351 calls to the woman over a seven-month period, prosecutor Joanne Hesse told Darlington Magistrates’ Court.
Mrs Hesse said 48-year-old Hussain was described as an "abusive and controlling" partner during his eight-year relationship with the woman, which ended in 2010.
She told the court Hussain, of Copley House, Scargill, had been made the subject of an earlier restraining order but had breached it by making the calls to the woman between December 1 and July 16.
Mrs Hesse said: “The victim said she had been receiving silent phone calls between 6pm and 1am, which had a detrimental impact on her quality of life.
“She became increasingly paranoid and felt she was being watched.
“Her self-confidence is very low, she felt she was being stalked, always looking over her shoulder.”
The woman made statements to police, explaining that she had been on tablets for anxiety, finding it difficult to sleep and had been unable to enter into a new relationship, added Mrs Hesse.
In a statement, the victim said: “Words cannot describe how I feel over the heartache that he has given me.”
Hussain admitted harassment without violence and breaching the earlier restraining order.
He told magistrates: “I do apologise for my actions 100 per cent. I think it is time I moved on with my life, put what happened behind me and let [my former partner] get on with her life as well. I am deeply sorry for what has happened.”
Hussain was also in breach of a suspended sentence order, but it had expired before this latest case was heard.
He was handed a 26-week suspended sentence for breaching the restraining order and a 12-week suspended sentence for the harassment, to run concurrently.
Magistrates also ordered him to pay £500 compensation to the victim, with £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Chairwoman of the bench Judith Jeffries, sentencing, said: “Very serious matters. People have the right to live their lives without this sort of harassment.”