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Phone bug husband convicted

PUBLISHED: 11:53 08 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:09 03 March 2010

A JILTED husband who caught his cheating wife by bugging their phone has been convicted of harassment.

Terence Duffield, from Felixstowe, made a series of "veiled threats" to his ex wife, including the warning she wouldn't see her next birthday.

A JILTED husband who caught his cheating wife by bugging their phone has been convicted of harassment.

Terence Duffield, from Felixstowe, made a series of "veiled threats" to his ex-wife, including the warning she wouldn't see her next birthday.

On discovering the affair by taping her conversations with her lover, Duffield, of Beach Station Road, warned her: "If I go, you go."

The 56-year-old, who admitted harassment, also told his wife that she would soon be "in paradise".

South East Suffolk magistrates heard yesterday how Duffield fitted a recording device to the couple's phone after he suspected his wife was seeing another man.

Defender Nicki Miller told the court: "Mr Duffield became suspicious in June, 2000, that his wife was having an affair and installed some equipment on the phone that enabled it to record conversations. In this way he established his wife was indeed having an affair."

Mr Duffield moved out to a nearby flat but left the device on the phone. A few months later in November, 2001, the couple were later reconciled.

Mrs Miller continued: "Things went along until on returning from holiday in May, 2002, Mr Duffield suspected his wife was up to her old tricks again with the previous partner so he reactivated the device."

It was around this time that the harassment began.

The couple, now divorced, agreed to finally split up in September this year.

Mrs Miller said: "Mr Duffield is sorry for his actions and he will always have concern for his ex-wife."

Duffield was fined £300 for the harassing his wife and ordered to pay £55 costs.

Chairwoman of the bench also issued a restraining order on Duffield forbidding any contact with his former wife for 18 months.

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