Brendan Smedley sentenced in King’s Lynn court after breaching non-molestation order
A man who bombarded his ex-partner with emails saying he missed her despite being legally blocked from doing so has been handed a community order.
Brendan Smedley, 36, of West Street in North Creake, near Fakenham, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
This followed four occasions on which he breached a non-molestation order which had been handed to him at Norwich Family Court on September 22 last year.
Smedley had pleaded guilty to those breaches during an earlier court appearance, and a pre-sentence report was carried out by probation services before he returned last week.
Crown prosecutor Asif Akram outlined Smedley’s offences, all of which related to the same woman – his ex-partner. The non-molestation order prohibited him from contacting her in any way apart from through a solicitor.
On September 30, just days after the order was made, Smedley sent his victim an email. He told her that he “wished they could change things and make it work” because he missed her.
He added that although he knew she was already with someone else, he wanted her to be happy because he loved her.
On October 7, Smedley contacted her again to say: “I miss you.”
On October 17, he told her: “God I miss you. Sorry to text you but I can’t stop thinking about you.”
He then urged the victim not to send anybody the message as he did not want to be “sent down”.
October 26 saw him once again contact the woman to tell her: “I miss you.”
Finally, on November 17, Smedley posted on Facebook making reference to his upcoming court appearance, alleging that his victim had stopped him from seeing his children.
A personal impact statement from the woman was read out in court on Thursday.
She said she thought the non-molestation order had made a “clear statement” that she did not want to hear from Smedley, and all she wanted was to “move on with my life”.
On Smedley’s emails, she said: “He used to do this and it made me feel guilty for making the decision that I had made.
“I feel like he hasn’t taken this order very seriously, and if I hadn’t have gone to the police I would never have been able to stop these emails.
“With these emails, it did not just affect me – it affected the people around me.”
The victim had also applied for a restraining order to be put in place, which magistrates duly granted. It will last for two years, preventing Smedley from getting in touch with her in any way except for child contact through a family member.
He was also handed a 24-month community order. Through this, he will complete between 15-25 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days, 300 hours of unpaid work, and 40 days of a generic programme.
Smedley will pay £50 in legal fees.
Appearing unrepresented in court, he said: “I do apologise about it.
“Her and her partner have started on me in turn on a few occasions. I have had to walk away from it.”