A JILTED lover who bombarded his ex with text messages threatening to kill her has avoided going to jail after she stood up for him in court.
Clarke Morris sent 85 angry messages to Candy Redding, including 41 in one night, after she ended their two-year relationship.
The 23-year-old refused to accept their affair was over and demanded Miss Redding meet up with him.
His text messages threatened her and her family, saying things like ‘you’re going to get hurt’, ‘I’ll be knocking your door soon so you better be there or someone will get hurt in your house’ and ‘you’re going to meet me or your mum will get hurt’.
On the night of November 28 last year Morris sent 41 text messages, including one which said ‘you’re dead Candy, your time is up, just wait for the bang.’
He continued texting her into the early hours of the morning and even claimed to be in her house.
Because of the threats armed police were sent to Miss Redding’s home and the family were taken into protection.
When he was arrested Morris told the police Miss Redding was making the allegations up because she was the one who could not come to terms with the end of their relationship.
Miss Redding told the police Morris had destroyed her confidence.
But at his sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court she gave evidence on Morris’s behalf.
She told the judge: ‘At the end of the day we are as bad as each other,’ before breaking down in tears.
Morris, of High Lawn Way, Havant, pleaded guilty to two counts of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.
The court heard he has previous convictions for 11 offences including an assault on Miss Redding.
Judge Graham White said: ‘This behaviour is completely unacceptable.
‘Harassment of any individual is unacceptable, threatening messages by text is completely unacceptable and within the context of a personal relationship you must understand how serious a view I must take of that because of the impact it has on your partner.’
He added: ‘This is a relationship where you have some sort of dominance over her. You have caused her to lose weight, you have affected her health, but she obviously still loves you. She has been prepared to come into court.
‘She believes she bears some responsibility. I can’t accept she is responsible for what you did.
‘Nothing which she may say she did can excuse what you did.’
The judge handed Morris a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years.