A BIDEFORD man has been given a restraining order for an indefinite amount of time after pleading guilty to two counts of harassment.
Simon Pillman, 38, of Geneva Court, Bideford, pleaded guilty to sending an abusive text and answer phone message at North Devon Magistrates' Court on Friday.
It followed a previous hearing on October 25 when Pillman pleaded guilty to sending an additional 39 text messages to the victim, several of which were abusive, between May 23 and June 4 this year.
Ben Winzer, for the prosecution, told the court the offences had taken place over a significant length of time, before reading out a number of explicit and abusive texts sent to the victim.
One such message read: "On my way to see you, watching you don't worry."
Speaking to the court Pillman, who was not represented, said he felt frustrated by the situation.
Magistrate Michael Buckley told Pillman: "We view this offence as very serious. We feel that this matter is past the custodial threshold because it's necessary to protect the victim."
Magistrates sentenced Pillman to six weeks' custody suspended for 18 months, with a requirement to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
A restraining order was also imposed upon Pillman until further notice, preventing him from contacting the victim and four other people or visiting the home or workplace of any of the five people
They also ordered Pillman to pay costs of £170 and an £80 victim surcharge.