Man blitzed ex with calls and emails

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A GROOM-TO-BE whose wedding was called off when his future wife got sick of his gambling and boozing ways bombarded her with emails and phone calls.

Brian Foreman sent a barrage of messages to his former fiancee – who he was due to wed at Shotton Hall, near Peterlee this December – after their relationship broke down.

The pair had been together for a number of years but their romance came to an end when the 33-year-old started drinking and gambling away their cash.

The defendant also stole his partner’s daughter’s laptop after initially claiming he was taking it to work to get it fixed, but then selling it.

Prosecuting, Alan Davison said: “He was in a relationship with the complainant for a number of years and they lived together until he began gambling and drinking and the relationship came to an end.

“He bombarded her with emails and telephone calls and she eventually got sick of the barrage she received and reported him to police.

“The police gave him a harassment warning over the telephone but following that warning being given the complainant received at least another 50 emails and calls from him.

“She was obviously very distressed by the constant contact attempts.”

He added: “Also in February this year, the defendant had taken the complainant’s daughters laptop to work to try to get it fixed.

“He eventually said it wasn’t repairable and she later found it had been sold on.”

Foreman appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to harassment without violence between August 27 and September 2, theft of the laptop on February 29, and fraud by false representation on March 1.

Mitigating, David Smith said: “Basically he had the rug pulled from underneath him with the end of this relationship.

“My client accepts that he developed something of a gambling problem and that had a knock on effect with his partner which led to her withdrawing her support and saying that was the end.

“They were due to get married and had booked Shotton Hall for this December at great cost and that’s something which has concluded with financial and emotional ramification.”

He added: “As far as the harassment is concerned, yes there are a number of emails, but the emails were not opened and the calls were never answered but yes, it will have upset her.

“They make for heart-breaking reading and were pleas to reconcile. He also understands how upsetting it must have been for his step-daughter to have her computer sold.

“He initially took it with good intentions, but due to financial constraints he took it and sold it and committed fraud in that he made himself out to be the owner of it.”

Chairman of the bench Kate Brown adjourned sentencing Foreman until September 27 until after the probation service has carried out a pre-sentence report.

Foreman, of Annandale Crescent, Hartlepool, was granted bail until his further appearance.