A MAN has pleaded guilty to harassing his ex-girlfriend after bombarding her with messages and phone calls.

Kieran Baugh, of Hordley Acres, Haydon Bridge, pleaded guilty to harassment at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

The court heard how the 21-year-old repeatedly tried to contact the victim between November 15 and December 4 last year by sending a series of messages and making phone calls.

Lorna Rimell, prosecuting, said Baugh had been in a relationship with the woman for two and a half years before they split up. The woman then blocked him on social media and deleted his number from her phone.

However the court heard how Baugh called the woman 20 times on November 1 and stated he was going to ‘smash her car’ and insulted her and her cousin.

The following day he tried to call the victim 30 times, the court heard.

Ms Rimell said the experience had made the victim feel ‘helpless’ and she had suffered emotional and psychological violence as a result.

A statement from the victim read out in court stated: “I would feel intimidated if I saw him again. I want him to stop calling me for the safety of my mum too.”

Defending, Stewart Hay, said Baugh had not contacted the victim or her family since December 4.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. He will reappear before the same court on August 19.