Facebook nuisance dad escapes being locked up

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A man who used Facebook to harass his former partner has narrowly escaped being sent to jail by Doncaster magistrates.

Jamie Alan Edwards breached a restraining order only two months after it was imposed by the court.

The 33-year-old was also in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed in June for assault and harassment of Claire Hardy after their relationship ended.

But his solicitor persuaded the bench not to activate the suspended prison sentence and instead imposed another six weeks’ custody, suspended for a year, with 60 hours of unpaid work to be carried out.

Edwards, of Badsley Moor Lane, Clifton, pleaded guilty to further harassment of Ms Hardy when he contacted her through Facebook on August 18.

Prosecutor David Sheppard said there were four messages in total, including one that said ‘don’t mess with me’ and ‘if I don’t get locked up you’ll see me shortly’.

His solicitor, Amanda Holmes, said it was the first breach of the restraining order and there had been no more while he was on bail. It happened because of difficulties in having contact with his three children, aged four, 10 and 11, from the couple’s relationship.

Ms Holmes said Edwards had had only one contact with the children this year and he contacted Ms Hardy via Facebook when a meeting was cancelled at short notice, after he had bought a cake and presents for his son’s birthday.

“She messaged him first and he accepts he shouldn’t have sent those statements.”