Obsessed lover threatened to 'burn' and kill ex-girlfriend
OBSESSED lover Paul Hynes made his ex-girlfriend's life a "complete misery" after bombarding her with 159 threatening, abusive or anguished text messages.
He threatened to "burn" her, make her life hell and kill her as well as warning her that if he could not have her, nobody could.
He even attacked her new boyfriend after recklessly hurtling and screeching towards them in his car on a pavement, a court heard.
Hynes, 45, of Springfield Grange, Oatfield Close, Grimsby, admitted assaulting Stephen Fox, causing actual bodily harm, on June 16, assaulting Ellen Gilmour on July 23 and harassing her between June 15 and July 24.
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Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Hynes and Miss Gilmour previously lived together but she began to have doubts about the relationship and had a "change of heart" in April.
She began a friendship with Mr Fox, a work customer, but Hynes challenged her about it and began "ranting and raving".
Miss Gilmour later began a relationship with Mr Fox. As they were walking towards a restaurant, Hynes drove towards them on a footpath, screeched to a halt, got out and was shouting and screaming, with his fists clenched.
He headbutted Mr Fox in the face, causing a swollen eye. He later told Miss Gilmour he would kill Mr Fox. Hynes bombarded her with 159 text messages and told her when they met: "You have messed with the wrong people. I still love you. Stop seeing him."
Messages read: "I am going to burn you", "I'm not going to be without you. Nobody's going to have you" and "I promise that I will not stop until the end. Someone's going to have to put a bullet to my head."
He also wrote: "The only person that will lose will be you" and "I'm going to make your life a hell."
Other messages read: "You'll be dead and I mean dead" and "I'm going to knock you out. I'm going to bang your teeth out of your head."
Miss Gilmour feared for her safety and felt vulnerable, frightened and terrorised, said Miss Stuart-Lofthouse.
Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said Hynes had now "moved on" and there had been no further trouble. He worked seven days a week as a crane safety rigger.
Recorder Jonathan Bennett said Hynes had been "waging a campaign of intimidation and harassment" against his ex-girlfriend and had a conviction from 2006 for assaulting his then wife.
"You have made your former partner's life a complete misery," said Recorder Bennett.
Hynes was given a 17-month suspended prison sentence and a two-year supervision order, including a domestic abuse programme.
He was given a five-year restraining order, banning him from contacting Miss Gilmour and from going to Barnoldby Road, in Waltham, and her workplace.
Hynes was ordered to pay £500 compensation to her, £300 to Mr Fox and £400 costs.