Sent threatening text

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A Glossop man sent a threatening text over an outstanding drug debt, a court heard.

Stephen Macklin sent the message to Jane Lawton, girlfriend of Ryan Diggle, after agreeing to collect some debts on behalf of a friend, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

The text said Mr Diggle had better contact him or he would go to where the couple lived, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Macklin accepted sending the text but said he just wanted to get Mr Diggle to contact him so they could discuss the debt.

The 25-year-old, of Rowsley Walk, admitted sending an electronic communication which conveyed a threat.

Lisa Tinsley, defending, said: “He had previously borrowed £5,000 from someone for college fees. This person is now in prison and had given Mr Macklin this offer that if he tried to obtain some of the debts owed to him his own debt would be significantly reduced.”

Macklin was given a 12-month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.