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Man who wrote that his ex-girlfriend was 'pure evil' in a card is jailed for four months

By Alan Erwin

Published 08/06/2015

Darren Billingham pleaded guilty to harassment at Belfast Magistrates' Court
Darren Billingham pleaded guilty to harassment at Belfast Magistrates' Court

A man who delivered a card describing his ex-partner as "pure evil" has been jailed for four months.

Darren Billingham, 47, posted the message through the letter box of his victim's mother in Belfast at the weekend.

Appearing before the city's Magistrates' Court today, he pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment.

Billingham, from Acord Road, Halesowen in the West Midlands, was said to have included a lengthy hand-written message on the card.

A prosecution lawyer told the court: "It stated that the injured party is pure evil."

Other references were made to her being "all dressed up" and claiming she would never go to police again.

A defence solicitor argued that the victim had told officers she did not fear he would be violent.

But District Judge Fiona Bagnall pointed out: "That doesn't make the harassment any less upsetting.

"In fact, it's sometimes more sinister if there isn't violence because there's an anticipation of what's going to happen."

The court heard claims that the victim rekindled her relationship with the defendant earlier this year, and planned to go on holiday to Egypt with him.

Billingham's lawyer added that he now intends to return to England.

But decided to impose a prison sentence, Judge Bagnall replied: "I'm afraid he will be here for a little while."

She ordered Billingham to serve two months behind bars for the new offence, and also activated two months of a previously suspended term for similar harassment.

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