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Man 'sent ex-girlfriend photograph of himself with noose around his neck'

By Alan Erwin

A spurned lover bombarded his ex-girlfriend with unwanted bunches of flowers and sent an e-mail depicting him with a noose around his neck, a court heard today.

Colin Murphy also phoned her hundreds of times and damaged her front door, prosecutors said.

The 47-year-old defendant, of Madras Street in Belfast, admitted charges of harassment and criminal damage.

With sentencing deferred until next month, a judge warned him to have no further contact with the victim.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard Murphy had dated the woman between January and June this year.

But after she ended the relationship weeks of alleged harassment ensued.

The woman told police she was receiving two bunches of flowers and other gifts every week.

Despite refusing to accept and returning them, Deputy District Judge Joe Rice was told the flowers kept coming.

Police also seized 14 cards and four letters from Murphy.

A prosecution lawyer said an e-mail recovered as part of the investigation contained a photo of the defendant with a noose around his neck.

She added that Murphy had phoned the woman 200 times in the space of two weeks.

"He admitted sending the cards, letters and numerous flowers," the lawyer said.

"He would not accept his behaviour was of an harassing nature."

The criminal damage charge related to an incident at the woman's front door on June 28.

After confirmation of the guilty pleas Judge Rice ordered pre-sentence reports in the case.

Telling Murphy to return to court next month, he added: "You would be well advised not to contact this lady in the meantime."

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