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Sentenced for abusive text messages

PUBLISHED: 11:10 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

A Lowestoft man who sent a dozen threatening and abusive text messages to his ex-girlfriend was yesterday ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

A Lowestoft man who sent a dozen threatening and abusive text messages to his ex-girlfriend was yesterday ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

One of the messages Daniel Brooks sent from his mobile phone to his

ex-partner said: “You are dead for this.”

Yarmouth magistrates heard the 20-year-old had sent the series of threatening, offensive and vile messages because he became frustrated after the couple had split up and he could not see his son.

Because of the threats, his partner was too scared to leave her home.

Yesterday, Brooks, of London Road South, was ordered to perform 100 hours' unpaid work in the community and pay £60 prosecution costs after he admitted sending the messages in July.

Gary Mayle, prosecuting, told the court that as well as the threatening and intimidating tone of the messages, they were of a vile nature.

He said: “At the time, she felt she was threatened. She could not leave the house without receiving further threats.”

Chris Bentley, representing Brooks, said his client had only sent the texts because he became upset that his ex-girlfriend had cancelled a visit with his son at short notice.

Mr Bentley said: “He became frustrated and he took it out on her.”

The court was told that Brooks, who had no previous convictions, had now improved his relationship with his ex-partner.

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