Harassed wife after they split

editorial image

A man bombarded his wife with phone calls and text messages after they split up, a court heard.

Alison Pusey, who lives in Glossop, had been in an on-off relationship with Darren Pusey for eight years with the couple being married for six years, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

But after they split up, he began contacting Mrs Pusey on a regular basis through text messages, phone calls and social networking site Facebook, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Many of the text messages were sent between 3am and 4am with him frequently calling her names if she didn’t respond to the messages quickly enough.

When Mrs Pusey went to Wales for the weekend with her father in July, he called her numerous times before her father answered the phone and told him to leave her alone. He also contacted Mrs Pusey’s mother that weekend to ask where she was, Mrs Fitzgerald said.

Mrs Pusey told police that her husband was jealous and controlling and on one occasion she had even found him drinking bleach and holding a knife to his throat.

He had also contacted Mrs Pusey’s 13-year-old daughter and a work colleague trying to track down his wife’s whereabouts, the court heard.

Pusey, 42, of Bramble Court, Millbrook, Stalybridge, admitted harassment.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “The guilty plea is an acceptance by Mr Pusey that his behaviour amounts to harassment.

“Initially contact was initiated by the complainant six weeks prior to the charges. She initiated the contact and he believed the relationship could progress going forward.”

Mrs Collings added that he should have known any further contact after police became involved would have amounted to harassment.

The case was adjourned until November 3 for a pre-sentence report.