A ‘besotted’ ex-boyfriend who stalked a woman during a three-month period after they split up has been ordered to complete 195 hours unpaid work.
Karl Cross, of Gawcott, Buckingham, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he admitted a charge of stalking.
The court heard Cross sent a number of text messages and Facebook messages to his girlfriend after they split up in October last year.
He also visited her address on four occasions and banged on the door and windows and also tried to speak to her through the letterbox.
Dominic Woolard, prosecuting, said Cross also left three Christmas presents for the woman on her porch on December 29.
William Falshaw, mitigating, said his client accepted that his behaviour was inexcusable and “bitterly regretted his actions.”
Mr Falshaw said his client had subsequently moved on and now had regular job as a barman at a pub in Buckingham.
His Honour Judge Timothy Smith ordered Cross to complete 195 hours of unpaid work and he also issued a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim for the next two years.
Judge Smith said: “You were clearly besotted with her.”