Fforestfach man Neale Hogg sent letters to former internet fiancee demanding she repay him money
A MAN sent his ex- partner letters demand- ing she repay him money after their internet dating romance went wrong, a court has heard.
Neale Macdonald Hogg admitted a charge of harassment to city magistrates.
Hogg, 55, had been in a relationship with Martha Muzhange after the pair met on an internet dating site in June 2011.
The pair, who were engaged, broke up in January, and Hogg asked her to repay money he said he had spent on her.
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Swansea Magistrates' Court heard Hogg, of Gelli Rhedyn, Fforestfach, said he had bought his former girlfriend items including hotel stays, clothes and an MoT for her car.
After their relationship ended, he repeatedly contacted her and posted letters through her letterbox demanding money from her and asking for backdated cheques.
Prosecutor Laura Carthew said: "There was also a book, which had been endorsed on the inside of the cover and inside rear cover. These items appear to have been delivered on almost a weekly basis."
Hogg also handed out letters at City Temple in Dyfatty, which Mrs Muzhange attended, to fellow parishioners.
In a statement by Mrs Muzhange which was read to the court, she said she had been suffering medical problems since the incident and was afraid for her own safety as well that of her children and grandchildren.
"I can't go to church because of fear of repercussions," she said.
Simon Howell, representing Hogg, said his client had also appeared in court in February this year and was fined £100 after admitting two counts of criminal damage and one of common assault against the same victim. During that incident he accepted striking Mrs Muzhange to her face with the back of his hand.
"At the end of the relationship he felt very strongly that this was money owed back to him," said Mr Howell.
He handed in three references and said they confirmed before these incidents Hogg had been a man of clean character.
"They are entirely out of character," he said.
"What has been highlighted in the recent past, since he lost employment, is that he has been drinking alcohol and that's an important factor," said Mr Howell.
"He has decided to forget about what he considers a debt owed to him by this lady," he added.
Hogg was made subject to a 12- month community order, told to complete 12 months supervision, a nine-month alcohol treatment order as well as pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. A restraining order was also granted.