Man ordered to stay away from ex-partner

A MAN who pursued an ex-partner until she was too frightened to go out has been told to stay away from her for two years.

Simon Rhoades was given a restraining order by Eastbourne magistrates this week for harassing Anita Bolton.

Rhoades, 45, of Northbourne Road, Eastbourne, admitted a charge of harassment in January.

Clare Prodger, prosecuting, said Rhoades and Miss Bolton had enjoyed a 16-month relationship which ended in 2009.

Since then, Miss Prodger said, Rhoades had continued to contact Miss Bolton and had her name tattooed.

On Christmas Day he contacted Miss Bolton’s friends to try and get messages to her and asking her to meet up with him.

“On other occasions she would be out and he would confront her in the street,” said Miss Prodger, who also read a victim impact statement from Miss Bolton who said she was anxious and didn’t want to go out on her own in case she met him.

Miss Prodger said, “Miss Bolton said, ‘I can’t move on with a new chapter in my life.

“I just want him to leave me alone.”

The court heard Rhoades was charged with harassment on December 30 last year but on January 15 he was waiting by Miss Bolton’s car and on January 25 she received a letter in the post from him.

Anthony Waller, defending, said, “My client apologises for his behaviour.

“He had very strong feelings for this particular lady.”

Rhoades was given a two-year restraining order and 130 hours’ community service. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs.

Presiding magistrate Laurie Thorpe told him, “You are in court for your constant harassment.

“You are not to get in touch with Miss Bolton or go anywhere near her home.”