A bricklayer who “bombarded” his ex-partner with text messages, before turning up at her mother’s house, has been given a conditional discharge.

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Nathan Pitcher, 41, sent messages to his former partner Julie Adams after they split up in March because of his excessive drinking, and she moved in with her mother in Sheringham, Norwich magistrates heard yesterday.

Ms Adams took out a restraining order against him, forbidding him from contacting her. However, between July 20 and August 10, he sent a series of messages to her, including one showing a tattoo of her name on his arm, and telling her he loved her. On August 9, Pitcher, of Westcotes Drive, Leicester, turned up at Ms Adams’ mother’s house in Sheringham, where she was staying. After seeing him, the two women called the police and he was arrested.

Pitcher pleaded guilty to a charge of harrassment without violence.

Of his former partner, he said: “I loved her to bits. I didn’t want to split up... She was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

He said he had only gone to the house in Sheringham to pick up his boat. He believed Ms Adams was out as he could not see her car.

Pitcher was given a 12-month conditional discharge and will pay a £15 victim surcharge.

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