Dad abuses ex and sends menacing text to her new man – and now he’s been jailed



Dad Dean Lovatt has been jailed after sending a menacing message to his ex-partner’s new boyfriend.

The 28-year-old had already been handed a non-molestation order in January which prevented him contacting his ex.

But last month he sent her a message and visited her workplace.

And he also messaged her new partner ordering him to take down a picture from Facebook – and warned that he knew where his family lived if he did not.

Now Lovatt has been jailed for 26 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

The non-molestation order was imposed at Stoke-on-Trent Family Court following the collapse of the seven-year relationship.

Prosecutor Sara Beddow said: “On March 13 he sent a message asking her to take down pictures from Facebook. Later that day he turned up at her place of work and was shouting and abusive towards her.

“The next day her current partner saw he had received a message from the defendant telling him to take the picture down. If he did not the defendant said he was coming to find him and he had the addresses of his family.”

Lovatt, of Mayfield Avenue, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order; sending a message that was offensive or menacing; and breaching his post-sentence supervision.

Scott Ashdown, mitigating, said: “It was said in anger, was not meant and was not acted upon.”

The defendant was handed a two-year restraining order which prevents him contacting his ex and her new partner.

District Judge Timothy Boswell said: “Your ex-partner was granted a non-molestation order by Stoke-on-Trent Family Court in January. That prohibited you from having contact with her.

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“In March you sent a message asking her to ensure her new partner took down an image on Facebook.

“You abused her and called her a ‘tramp’. She sat frozen in her seat with fear.

“You said to her new partner he had until the Sunday to remove the image and if he did not you had addresses for his whole family and he took that to be a threat.

“It is a significant aggravating feature that while on post-sentence supervision you have not been honest with the probation service about where you were staying.”

Lovatt must pay a £122 surcharge.





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