A JILTED lover who bombarded his ex-girlfriend with abusive text messages has been told to get help.
Peter Williams already had two court orders banning him from contacting his ex Deborah Brett but he ignored them.
The orders were made for previous offences of assault on Miss Brett.
After drinking, the 41-year-old bricklayer sent her messages threatening and abusing her.
Williams, of Wimpole Street, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching a restraining order and one of breaching a non-molestation order.
A charge of assaulting Miss Brett was dropped.
Roderick James, defending, said: ‘These text messages are most unpleasant to read and Mr Williams himself says that on seeing them later on he was ashamed of himself.
‘When he had had a little bit to drink he was reflecting on the apparent wrongs done to him.’ Mr James added: ‘He says the relationship is definitely over in his eyes. He is capable of living without obsessing about Miss Brett.
‘He is sorry about what he has done.’
Sentencing him at Portsmouth Crown Court, Recorder John Trevaskis said: ‘The text messages which you sent are thoroughly unpleasant and offensive and I am relieved to hear that you acknowledge that that is the case.’
Williams was given a community order which includes two years of supervision from the probation service. He was ordered to go on a domestic abuse programme to help tackle his offending and pay £340 in costs.
Recorder Trevaskis said: ‘The message you have to take away from this court is that if you continue to breach orders of the court you will face increasingly serious penalties and that will inevitably mean immediate custody.’