Ex-girlfriend was harassed with 389 Facebook messages

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A MAN who harassed his ex-girlfriend by sending her nearly 400 messages on Facebook has said: ‘I just want to get on with my life.’

Steven Agar bombarded his former partner with 389 Facebook messages and also called her 49 times through social media.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard the 34-year-old, of Bridgemary Road, Gosport, even turned up at her home and workplace.

Giles Fletcher, prosecuting, said: ‘They were in a relationship for a fair period of time – five years – but they’d been separated for seven months.’

He said there had been issues and Agar’s ex stopped contact with him – but he started sending her messages.

Mr Fletcher said her replies said: ‘I never want to get back with you.’

Agar went to her place of work at the Bridgemary Manor pub in Brewers Lane, Gosport, and to Sapori restaurant, in High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent.

The court heard a number of people became involved when Agar turned up and he committed two public order offences against a man and a woman.

Mr Fletcher told the court Agar went to the pub and told the manager they should not employ his ex any more.

‘He said, essentially, if he did “I will make your life a misery, ruin your marriage and business – if I can’t have my ex-partner then nobody else can”.

‘It caused fear to all the parties in this case.’

Agar pleaded guilty to harassment and two public order offences of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

He has 10 offences dating back to 2006, the court heard.

Magistrates handed him a two-year community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of 28 days.

He must complete a 32-session building better relationships course.

Jim MacDonald, chairman of the magistrates, gave Agar a restraining order banning him from contacting his partner and three other people.

The two-year order also bans him from going to the restaurant or pub involved.

Agar, who represented himself in court, said: ‘I just want to get on with my life again so hopefully you can sort it all out now. It seems fair enough to me.’

He must pay a £60 victim surcharge and a £150 criminal courts charge.