Man jailed for sending 100 abusive texts to ex

A SPURNED lover who bombarded his ex-girlfriend with more than 100 abusive texts over three days has been jailed.

Thomas Murray, 20, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates Court and admitted harrassing his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend between September 20 and September 22.

Murray, of Burnley Road, Todmorden, had been in an on-off relationship with Kaye McGrath until April this year.

The court heard that during a previous split, Murray had been handed a two-year conditional discharge in November last year, for texting Miss McGrath and abusing her in the street.

The couple reunited after he promised to stay off drink and drugs but split again in April after a series of rows.

Murray again started texting her abuse in September as McGrath was starting a university course.

On one occasion Miss McGrath was so scared she waited in Huddersfield for two-and-a-half hours for her brother to accompany her home.

In total Murray sent 120 texts and left three voicemails.

The court heard that Miss McGrath struggles to sleep and is fearful for her family.

Murray claimed he was drunk after drinking two bottles of wine and beer and Sambuca.

Martin Harrison, chair of bench, said: “We feel this is so serious only a custodial sentence can be justified.

“It was a prolonged campaign against a young, vulnerable lady who was just starting a new chapter of her life at university.”

Murray was jailed for 20 weeks and given a three-year restraining order.