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Stalker bombarded ex with hundreds of messages begging to get back together

Thomas Bassett has been given a restraining order (Picture: Cavendish Press)

A man has been given a restraining order after admitting sending his ex hundreds of emails begging her to get back together with him.

Thomas Bassett, 26, created 11 different email accounts so he could keep messaging after she had blocked him.

In a single day, he sent Bethany Anderson 100 messages and left her in such fear for her safety she changed the locks to her home and refused to go out.

He has now been banned from contacting her for five years and told to pay her £150 damages.

Bassett, an Aldi supermarket worker, sent the messages between February and April this year.

He also contacted his ex via Instagram, sent her a handwritten letter and a Moonpig card with photos of them together asking her to rekindle their romance.

In a single day, he sent Bethany Anderson 100 messages (Picture: Cavendish)

When Miss Anderson, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, eventually passed the messages to police Bassett messaged her again saying: ‘F**king me over some more? I can’t believe you grassed to the police, well done. Why did you go to the police, I am absolutely f**ked, goodbye my lover.’

In a statement the victim said: ‘I just feel scared as he said he was “going to get me” – whatever that means. I feel threatened and the fact that he knows my address makes matters worse. I just wants the messages to stop and I do not want to go out.’

Bassett, of Radcliffe, near Bury told police: ‘She is the love of my life and I still love her. I just kept getting upset and angry and that is why I have my little rages.

‘I probably sent her over 1,000 emails but I love her so much. I realise now I was a bit obsessive and I understand the effect it would have had on her.’

At Manchester Magistrates Court, Bassett admitted stalking and was banned from contacting Miss Anderson under the terms of a restraining order.

He was also sentenced to 26 weeks jail suspended for two years, was ordered to complete a ‘Building Better Relationships’ programme and pay £213 in costs.

The court heard the pair had begun dating in 2018 but broke up in February 2021.

Prosecutor Miss Tess Kenyon said: ‘They had temporarily split up in the summer of 2019 but got back together although she says he was manipulative in them resuming their relationship.

‘After the February split, the defendant sent apologetic messages to the complainant and he hinted at suicide trying to make her feel responsible. He sent photos from the back of her home address and it made the complainant so worried, he felt the need to change the locks.’

In mitigation Bassett’s lawyer Robert Travis said: ‘He has had healthy relationships in the past but he struggled to cope with the break up in this relationship because he feels her family had adopted him and when the relationship ended, he lost a partner and contact with the family.

‘He accepts the conduct was distressing and accepts he should never contact her again. He is deeply embarrassed and ashamed by his behaviour. He is working at Aldi now and is a valuable member of the team. He gets on well with all staff members.’

Sentencing District Judge Bernard Begley told Bassett: ‘You now have the threat of a prison sentence hanging over your head.’

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