Ex-husband harassed by former wife
A WOMAN who harassed her ex-husband and his new wife has been sentenced by magistrates.
Patricia Mitchell admitted a single charge of harassment on a basis of the facts.
Mitchell, 55, of Gelli Rhedyn, Fforestfach admitted leaving her former partner, Paul Mitchell, 53 voicemail messages during a six-month period between December 2010 and June 2011.
She sent 38 texts to Mr Mitchell during 11 months between December 2010 and November 2011.
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She also contacted his new wife Michelle, leaving her 11 voicemail messages on two different days in October 2011.
Mitchell also sent three text messages to her former partner's wife in October and November.
The couple have kept their new address secret from Mitchell but Swansea Magistrates' Court heard in October 2011 Mitchell contacted Tenby Town Council, staff at a filling station, and another woman to try to find out where they lived.
A four-year restraining order has already been made to stop Mitchell contacting the couple.
Laura Carthew, prosecuting, said: "She appears to have difficulties accepting his new relationship and letting go of her old relationship." Statements had been taken from Mr and Mrs Mitchell.
Mrs Carthew read Mr Mitchell's statement. "The messages are generally ranting and upsetting in nature and he says he just wants the defendant to stop.
"He finds himself waiting for the next phone call. It's almost as if her sole objective in life is to make his life as difficult as possible in his new relationship," Mrs Carthew said.
A statement from Michelle Mitchell was also read.
Mrs Carthew said: "She says there's been a devastating effect on their family. She (Michelle Mitchell) said she's making their lives a misery.
"Mrs Mitchell is fearful of the defendant and that she'll find out where they're living and go there and cause a disturbance," Mrs Carthew said.
Dan Heard, representing Mitchell, said: "When it is said she is unable to accept the relationship, I think when you read the messages it is abundantly clear from the messages, this is not the case.
"At no time has she ever maintained that she wants him back, it's clear she doesn't want that."
Magistrates gave her a 12-month community order and 12 months' supervision. She was also ordered to pay costs of £85.