Mevagissey man, 41, jailed for abusive messages
"DISGRACEFUL and threatening" text messages were sent by a Mevagissey man to his former partner in breach of a court order.
In some of the 61 texts sent by 41-year-old Lee Hersey to the woman over a matter of hours he made threats to both her, her new partner and her adult daughter, as well as making abusive personal remarks.
One stated: "There will be murder and I am willing to be locked away for life."
He also wrote: "Your man will bleed and burn" and "I told you not to parade a man past my door."
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Hersey had been jailed for 12 weeks and given the two-year restraining order by magistrates in June after admitting harassing the woman. The court was told at the time that this involved him posting a naked photograph of her on Facebook.
On Monday Hersey was sent to prison for six months, after pleading guilty to breaching the restraining order.
Chairman of the Bodmin bench, Martin Eustace, told him: "You have broken, repeatedly, a court order designed to protect her."
Mr Eustace referred to the "disgraceful and threatening" nature of the messages.
Hersey, of Church Street, who appeared before the court in custody, pleaded guilty to sending the woman 61 abusive, alarming or threatening text messages between September 18 and the next day.
Graham Calderwood, for the prosecution, said that Henderson and the woman had previously been in a relationship but he had been jailed in June for harassing her when that broke down.
Between 9.45pm on September 18 and 10am on September 19 he sent the 61 "disturbing" texts which the woman reported to the police.
When Hersey heard that officers were looking for him, he rang them to find out why but when they went to his address they had to begin to break down his door in order to get him out.
Barry Hilliard, for the defence, said that Hersey knew what he had done was "disgusting, despicable and appalling".
However, he had had trouble dealing with the fact that the woman had contacted him shortly after his release from prison and they had very briefly resumed their association before she told him she did not want a relationship.
Mr Hilliard suggested that the woman had "exercised control" over Hersey.
On the night of the offence, he had drunk whiskey after the woman had "flaunted" her new boyfriend near his address, and he then sent the "abhorrent" texts.
When the messages were read out to him by police, he was "horrified" at their content, said Mr Hilliard.
The magistrates told Hersey that the restraining order – which prevents him from contacting the woman or going within 50 metres of her home – would be extended to provide protection for her daughters.