Denbighshire man harassed former partner on Facebook

A 43-year-old man who harassed his former partner using Facebook has been jailed for four months.

Flintshire magistrates heard that Jeremy Sims, from near Corwen, Denbighshire, sent 33 messages within 24 hours via the site.

June Barlow, from Mold, Flintshire, was said to have feared for her safety and that of her children.

Sims, who has already served his sentence while on remand, was also the subject of a restraining order.

He must not contact Ms Barlow, enter her home village or go within 200m (656ft) of her place of work.

The messages he sent to her through Facebook mentioned suicide and the murder of a mother and her children.

Ms Barlow was said to have been greatly upset and was forced to install additional security and CCTV at her home.

Sims, a meter reader, admitted harassing her between 24 May and 27 May this year.

The court heard that he had not had closure on their short relationship, and when drunk he had poured out his heart.

Huw Roberts, defending, said: "He should not have done that and knows that it amounts to harassment.

"Some of the messages are quite pitiful on occasions and it was clear that the risk of harm was to himself, not to other people. It is an outpouring of emotion."

An earlier hearing was told that Sims had a previous conviction for assaulting Ms Barlow, and he had been made the subject of a "prohibited activity" order not to approach her.

He had breached it last December when he was seen outside her property, the court heard.

He has been remanded in custody pending sentence at crown court later this month for a charge of making a threat to kill Ms Barlow.