A MAN dumped by his partner refused to accept the relationship was over.

Blackburn magistrates heard initially the contact made by Jake Silcock was “pleasant” but quickly deteriorated after his ex said she was going to block his number.

He started contacting her on other people’s phones and Facebook accounts and the contact became increasingly abusive and threatening.

“At one stage he told her he had a number of sexually transmitted diseases which he had passed on to her,” said Philippa White, prosecuting.

“She had to go to a clinic to be checked out and while she was not suffering from any sexually transmitted disease she had been very worried.”

Silcock, 27, of Whitby Drive, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to harassment. He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 15 days rehabilitation activity requirement and 120 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and £90 victim surcharge and made subject to a restraining order for two years which prohibits him from having any contact with the aggrieved.

Mrs White said in the very early stages of the relationship the victim discovered Silcock had been unfaithful but she gave him another chance.

She eventually finished with him in July and was subsequently bombarded with phone calls and text which became increasingly unpleasant.

She started blocking his number and all the numbers of his family and friends but he still managed to make contact, using withheld numbers and other people’s social media accounts.

“As time went on they became more abusive culminating in the sexual disease message,” said Mrs White. “It got to the stage where she was doing her shopping in a different town to avoid the chance of meeting him.”

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client accepted behaving badly against a background of trying to come to terms with the end of the relationship.

“He has said some unpleasant things and he accepts a restraining order will be put in place,” said Mr Taylor.

“He has never been in trouble before and he doesn’t want to come back to court again.”