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Woman lived in fear of her ‘scary’ ex who subjected her to weeks of harassment in effort to win her back, Cambridge court hears

By Cambridge News  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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An accounts administrator is awaiting sentence after subjecting his ex-girlfriend to weeks of “intense” harassment, a court heard.

Steven Hurley bombarded his victim with a succession of text messages, gifts, emails and letters, between November 2 and December 5 last year, in an effort to win her back after she ended their brief relationship.

Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard Hurley, of Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, met the female in 2011 on a dating website and they became friends.

Paul Brown, prosecuting, said the pair started dating in July 2013 but the woman, who lives in Fordham, quickly ended things after complaining that Hurley was “too intense”.

There followed numerous instances of the defendant turning up at the victim’s house and demanding to speak to her, sometimes forcing his way into the property and ignoring pleas to leave.

He also repeatedly sent texts to her, leading to her blocking his number, which he got round by finding her work number at an Ely manufacturing company and contacting her from other phones.

Magistrates even heard the defendant’s mother called her asking for her to take Hurley back – although the defendant denied asking her to do so.

She also began to receive unsolicited gifts to her workplace, including a teddy bear, flowers, an engraved wine glass and a bottle of wine.

Mr Brown said: “This caused her added concern because she did not recall having told the defendant where she worked.

“She felt fearful of leaving the house and walking her dog in case he was there. She found it very scary how he was behaving, considering the short period they had been together.”

On December 5, the victim told police and no sooner had Hurley been asked to attend an interview at his local police station and told not to contact the woman again, he made more calls and wrote more letters urging her to spend Christmas with him.

Nicole Yates, mitigating, said her client – who pleaded guilty – thought he was being “pleasant”.

She added: “He is now aware he should have recognised sooner that his actions were unwanted.”

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report, with Hurley released on conditional bail until January 27.

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