Man sentenced for harassing his ex

A COURT has imposed a lengthy restraining order in a move to stop a Kilburn man harassing his ex-partner.

The victim told the police Andrew Troke had been violent towards her in the past, often flying into a rage and “throwing things around”.

She ended their relationship in January and, since then, he had bombarded her with text and voice messages and refused to let her get on with her life, the court was told.

Angela Hadfield, prosecuting at Chesterfield magistrates, said that Ms Hill did not go anywhere alone for fear of bumping into Troke and her GP had increased her medication for stress and depression.

CCTV was fitted throughout her house and the court heard that she felt like a prisoner in her own home.

Troke, of Chapel Street, admitted harassment at Somercotes, near Alfreton, between February 24 and March 7.

He was given a one-year probation supervision order, ordered to carry out 60 hours unpaid work and a three-year restraining order, with £85 costs. Troke, unemployed, told the court: “I am sorry for what I have put her through. I don’t wish to cause her any distress whatsoever.”