Dalton footballer harassed his ex with abusive messages
Last updated at 17:12, Wednesday, 30 January 2013
AN amateur footballer who harassed his ex-partner with abusive messages has been banned from contacting her for three years.
Rikki Neil Gallacher admitted harassing Julie Mossop between June 1 and January 1 when he appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The court heard the couple had been together for four years and shared a mortgage before Miss Mossop ended the relationship in May.
Gallacher, 28, who plays for Swarthmoor Social Football Club, then inundated her with texts, Facebook messages and phone calls which became abusive.
Mrs Katherine Wilson, prosecuting, said Miss Mossop alerted police in October and a harassment warning was issued to the defendant.
But Gallacher texted her the same day to say “I don’t care about you getting the police involved” and “all you’re doing is making things worse for me”.
In another text he said “love you forever” and promised to cease contact, but later sent texts from another number.
In messages on Facebook, Mrs Wilson said Gallacher threatened to put any potential future boyfriend in a wheelchair and would kill her if she had relations with another man.
He also claimed that if he saw her while in his car, he “would drive straight into her”, Mrs Wilson said.
Miss Mossop gave police a further statement on January 8, saying Gallacher had sent 63 more messages.
She described herself as “fearful for her safety” and said Gallacher was “unhinged”.
In a police interview, Gallacher said he was “gutted” by what he had done.
Miss Karen Templeton, defending Gallacher, of Cobden Street, Dalton, said he was “genuinely remorseful” and “more than anything” wanted to let Miss Mossop know this.
Miss Templeton said Gallacher said he was “never violent” and would never carry out the threats he made.
Gallacher was given an 18-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.
He must carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and must not approach Miss Mossop for three years.
He must pay her £200 in compensation and pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
First published at 16:57, Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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