Man who texted ex in breach of order must do unpaid work
A MAN who sent suicidal text messages to his ex-partner in breach of a restraining order has been ordered to do unpaid work.
Desmond Morris, aged 21, is banned from contacting the woman, Plymouth magistrates heard.
But Morris sent several text messages on two nights including one threatening to hang himself and another which said he was on the Tamar Bridge and ended 'bye, bye'. Morris, of Norfolk Close, Laira, admitted two offences of breaching the restraining order on March 30 and April 24.
Eoin McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Morris sent a text to the woman saying he was cold and wet and on the bridge. He added it said that he loved their son. Mr McCarthy said on the second date he again sent the woman several texts, this time calling her names.
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Hannah Turner, for Morris, said he was 'very upset' after she had ended their relationship. She added: "He is just 21 and his problem-solving skills are not fantastic. He was at a very low point. He was homeless and was contemplating killing himself."
But Mrs Turner said he had left school at the age of 14, but he was going back to college to study engineering.
Magistrates gave him a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work.