Felixstowe builder gets jail threat

A FELIXSTOWE builder who threatened his ex-girlfriend has been warned if he contacts her again he will be jailed.Marc Hopley, pleaded guilty to putting Charlotte Clarke in fear of violence between May 2005 and December 2007.

A FELIXSTOWE builder who threatened his ex-girlfriend has been warned if he contacts her again he will be jailed.

Marc Hopley, pleaded guilty to putting Charlotte Clarke in fear of violence between May 2005 and December 2007.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Hopley, 27, was aggressive towards the 21-year-old on three separate occasions,

on the seafront when their relationship ended, at Bar 129 where she worked and at the Bandbox Public House in Felixstowe.

District Judge David Cooper said Hopley, of Margaret Street, Felixstowe sent Miss Clarke various offensive text messages and even told her he had a sexually transmitted disease and she should get herself checked out.

Judge Cooper said Hopley backed her against a wall at Bar 129 and shouted at her and called her a “hoar and a bitch” at the Bandbox.

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He added: “She said Felixstowe is a small town and she's always likely to see you. She changed her phone number and is afraid to go out. The police issued a harassment warning saying do not contact her and you sent her a text message 20 minutes later.”

Hopley, a sub contractor for Breheny was issued with a restraining order by the court.

Judge Cooper said: “If you breach it you will face a long prison sentence. You will instantly go to prison.”

Hopley was told this meant he could not contact Miss Clarke of Stennetts Close, Trimley St Mary in any way, not by text, e-mail, post or via anybody else.

Judge Cooper said: “It seems you are still resentful of these court proceedings and you do not show any remorse for what you have done.”

Hopley was fined £500 and told to pay £75 towards court costs.

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