Threatening text messages



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A North Frodingham man has been warned he could face prison after he pleaded guilty to sending threatening text messages.

David Brown, 39, of South Townside Road, sent the messages, which were “disturbing” in nature, to Martin Kelly, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

Mitigating, Lindsay Kirk said Brown was suffering alcohol issues and that he had been seeking help voluntarily at Alcoholics Anonymous and at the Baker Street clinic in Hull.

The messages were sent to over a period of time between March 29 and April 4 this year, and were in breach of the Malicious Communications Act 1988.

A second charge of sending threatening messages to Joanne Kelly was withdrawn.

District judge Frederick Rutherford told Brown: “It looks to me that you’ve been man enough to admit that alcohol is playing a bigger part in your life than it should.”

But he added: “The nature of the messages is disturbing.”

Judge Rutherford asked The Probation Service to prepare a pre-sentence report, stating that he was keeping all sentencing options open, including prison. However he said he was leaning more towards a supervision order with alcohol treatment.

Brown was released on conditional bail not to contact the complainants, other than through a solicitor, and to comply with The Probation Service in the preparation of the report.

Judge Rutherford told Brown: “If there is no report you will find yourself in custody.”

He will be sentenced on July 2 at 10am.

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