Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Restraining order for Braunton man after ‘bombardment of calls and texts’

11:12 24 March 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

Archant

Magistrates give community order to man who called his ex-girlfriend 181 times in a week

A BRAUNTON man has been given a restraining order after ‘bombarding’ his ex-girlfriend with 181 phone calls in a week.

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard that Marin John Sim, 21, of Barn Park had tried to call his victim 181 times and sent more than 40 messages to her between October 25-31.

Sim was charged with harassment for a series of abusive text messages, in which he made threats which left his victim ‘frightened and intimidated’ and ‘feeling like a prisoner in my own home’.

Defence solicitor Michael Oerton said Sim had received texts from his victim and contacted the police, but no action was taken.

“He then did the first thing that came into his head, which was a bombardment of calls and texts,” said Mr Oerton.

Sitting magistrate Jane Kivlin told Sim they had moved outside of their guidelines, as they did not think he ‘understood the consequences of his actions’.

Sim was given a restraining order for one year, as well as a 12 month community order to attend the ‘Engage’ programme.

Sim was also ordered to pay £50 compensation.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:54
The first turbine is hoisted into place at Batsworthy Cross, near South Molton. Picture: Submitted

Stormy weather holds up progress bur engineers say wind farm could be operational by the end of summer

Read more
Yesterday, 16:25
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Barnstaple’s crown court service - one of 86 to be axed across the UK - has not been used since 2012.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:55
Some care homes have been ranked below par by the CQC

Almost half of homes inspected since November 2014 classed as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’

Read more
Yesterday, 14:08
Cheyne car park can be lashed by winter storms. Picture: Aaron Collins.

Ilfracombe seafront car park could come under town control

Read more
Yesterday, 13:24
Paula Byrom, Patricia Shepherd and Roger Byrom with the polio appeal crocuses.

Get your purple crocus now to show your support for the End Polio Now campaign this month

Read more
Yesterday, 10:38
Storm Imogen batters the promenade at Westward Ho! on Monday afternoon. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for North Devon on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:28

Two Ford cars involved in collision this morning (Thursday) near Barnstaple Premier Inn.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:22

Two cars collided on the Link Road near South Molton this morning (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Rob Braddick in front of the new caravans. Picture: Sarah Howells

Rob Braddick says bookings for 2016 are up on last year as he completes £800,000 investment in new caravans in Westward Ho! park.

Read more
Wed, 17:20
North Devon Council has welcomed news of extra rural funding from central government.

Local councils are set to receive more central government support to help ease the effects of funding cuts between now and 2020.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications