Nelson addict in court for pestering his ex

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A drug addict kept turning up at his ex’s home during the night, banging on her door and shining a torch through the letterbox, a court heard.

William Alyson Connolly had been in an on-off relationship with Leanne Taylor for nine years and they had split up two weeks before.

Connolly arrived at her house and looked through the letterbox and on the last of six unwanted visits, posted the torch, Pennine magistrates were told.

Connolly (30), of Selby Street, Nelson, admitted harassment and was ordered to pay the victim £75 compensation.

Prosecutor Mr Scott Ainge told the hearing Ms Taylor was sleeping on the settee at 1-30am when she heard a loud knock on the door and the letterbox open. Connolly looked through it, she told him to go away, he did but returned several times. She thought he wanted to come inside as he had nowhere to sleep. A neighbour had called the police.

Officers attended and about an hour later, the defendant came back, shone the torch and posted it through the letterbox. Police arrived again.

Mr Graeme Tindall (defending) said Ms Taylor didn’t want to be with Connolly when he was using drugs.

The solicitor continued: “She believes he’s looking for somewhere to sleep. On his version, he is keeping an eye on her. This seems to be the first time this type of behaviour has been reported.”