Man threw paint at partner’s house—(pendletoday)

SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants stalks partner, refuses to accept break-up, throws red paint on her house.
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19 March 2009 08:48

AN “obsessive” man who stalked his partner as their relationship ended threw red paint at her house in temper, a court was told.

Depressed Jason Salisbury sent offensive text messages to Rachel Helliwell, calling her a slut and a slag and told her she was going to get hurt. The victim had come home from work to her Helmsdale Road, Nelson, home to find red gloss had been hurled at the walls and gates.
Pennine magistrates heard how the relationship, which started last New Year’s Eve, had got off to a good start, Salisbury fell for the victim and he would say Miss Helliwell just ignored him when she wanted to end it.
Salisbury (35), of Bamford Street, Nelson, admitted harassment without violence and criminal damage and was bailed until April 8th for a pre-sentence report.
The Bench, who said they were thinking of a low community penalty told him not to contact the victim or go near her home.
Mrs Wendy Chappell (prosecuting) said Miss Helliwell would say the defendant became obsessive during the relationship and she started avoiding him, hoping he would realise it was not working.
She met him in a pub on March 6th, told him it was over but said she wanted to stay friends. Salisbury got upset and then started phoning her.
Mrs Chappell said the defendant sent threatening and insulting messages, telling the victim people did not like her and he would be looking for her. Salisbury turned up at her home, shouting: “Let me in”, after she had discovered the red paint thrown at her property.
The defendant was arrested and interviewed and claimed the pair had been texting each other. He said he had thrown the paint because he was annoyed.
Mr Nick Cassidy (defending) said Salisbury suffered from depression and self harm and was on medication. The complainant was taking medication for her “volatile nature.” Miss Helliwell just ignored Salisbury when she wanted to finish the relationship.
The solicitor said the defendant accepted he had fallen for her. He wanted to find out why the relationship wasn’t continuing and it had caused him some frustration. She had started to accuse him of things he had not done. Salisbury tried to speak to Miss Helliwell on the phone, but she did not return his calls. Mr Cassidy added the defendant, who was on benefits, regretted what he had done.

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