Man harassed his ex with 322 phone calls

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An Onchan man has been fined £400 for bombarding his ex-partner with 322 phone calls.

Lee Edward Hill, aged 34, of The Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of conduct amounting to harassment and was also issued with a six-month restraining order.

Prosecutor Hazel Carroon told the court how Hill’s former partner told police she had ended their relationship but between October 2016 and January 2017, she had been receiving numerous texts and phone calls from unknown numbers.

No-one spoke when she answered the calls and she reported the matter to the police.

Enquiries identified several numbers which the calls and texts were coming from and one of them was linked to Hill.

His property and vehicle were searched and sim cards and handsets were found which were linked to more of the numbers.

He was interviewed by police and admitted making calls up to November 2016 but gave ’no comment’ responses to further questions.

Further investigations revealed that Hill had made 322 calls to the woman between the period October 21, 2016, and January 25, 2017.

Defence advocate David Reynolds asked for credit to be given to his client for an early guilty plea and said in court: ’The plea wasn’t entered on the first occasion, but I would submit it was at the first reasonable opportunity. There were a number of calls that had to be considered before a decision was made. He did admit the offence at the police station.

’Mr Hill was in a 10 month relationship with the complainant. He says he was shocked when it ended as he thought it was going quite well.

’He says he didn’t know why it ended and found it difficult to come to terms with. Asked why he made the calls, he couldn’t give any justification.

’He is very apologetic and says he is ashamed of his actions.’

’This is the first time he has been before the court before this type of matter and he assures me it is not something that is going to happen again,’ said the advocate.

’His income is taken up by various things, he supports three children. If he was sentenced to community service it would prevent contact with them as he has them at weekends and he doesn’t want any punishment he receives to infringe on his time with his children.’

Magistrates’ chair Ken Faragher said while passing sentence: ’You say it was an early guilty plea. However, that was only after it was proved the phones belonged to you. In my mind, that doesn’t constitute an early guilty plea.

’According to financial means details you spend more on cigarettes than you do on your children. That might be something you want to think about.’