A MAN who sent a series of abusive text messages to his ex-girlfriend has been given a restraining order and curfew.
Luke Derry Harris, of Oliver Road, Barnstaple, pleaded guilty to sending indecent or offensive messages at North Devon Magistrates' Court on Friday, September 6.
The court heard how 19-year-old Harris sent a string of messages to his ex-girlfriend between August 4 and August 14, after their relationship broke down.
Ben Winzer, for the prosecution, told the court how on the night of August 14, Harris used a friends phone to send 12 abusive messages to the victim.
He said the messages made her feel worried and upset.
Tim Hook, for the defence, said that this was a typical case of "boy-meets-girl" which had broken down.
He said that on the night of August 14, his client was particularly wound up by what some friends had said about the victim.
"In situations like this, there is a tendency for young boys and girls to say unpleasant things to each other," he said.
"If everyone was prosecuted for sending unpleasant texts then we would be in court seven days a week. He was pent-up, it was late and he sent some unnecessarily unpleasant text messages in which a lot of four letter words were used."
Harris was given a three-month curfew to stay inside between the hours of 7pm and 6am. He was given a restraining order for a period of 18 months, during which he must not contact the victim or visit her address.
Harris was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60.