A Kesh man made 70 nuisance phone calls to his ex-girlfriend over a four month period because he couldn’t accept their relationship had ended, Enniskillen Magistrates Court heard on Monday.
Mark Frazer (24) of Pettigo Road in Kesh was charged with harassing Emma McCaughey on dates between 26th November 2014 and 24th March 2015 by phoning her from a withheld number.
The court heard that the majority of calls, totalling 62, were made in November and December 2014 before they stopped for a while. Investigations found that the phone was topped up and the calls resumed.
While the majority of the calls were silent, in some reference was made to Ann Summers underwear while in others, songs were played that both the defendant and injured party would have listened to regularly during their relationship.
When police attended Frazer’s home, he told them that he used the phone for work but later admitted that he had made the calls at all times of the day.
Defence barrister Steffan Rafferty said the two parties were now estranged and that there had been no contact between them, either directly or indirectly, for two years.
Mr Rafferty said the calls had been a by-product of a relationship that had ended and that Frazer had dealt with it badly but now accepted it and has moved on.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said this had been a serious matter and that the silent calls would have caused the injured party “considerable trauma”.
Frazer had originally contested the charge but entered a guilty plea at Monday’s hearing.
Sentencing Frazer, the judge said: “The ending of the relationship in no way justifies your behaviour. Your guilty plea has saved the injured party the trauma of giving evidence. The fact that it is two years since the last offence is a significant factor and thankfully there has been no repetition.”
The judge warned Frazer that he would leave something hanging over his head and imposed a conditional discharge for two years.
Posted: 8:31 pm March 11, 2017
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