Phone pest’s 100 calls in two hours

Grant Bruce: he left insulting phone messages
Grant Bruce: he left insulting phone messages

A MAN has admitted harassing a woman with more than 100 phone calls in two hours.

Grant Bruce, of Wyvern Terrace, Pellon, Halifax, appeared before Calderdale magistrates to face a charge of harassment without violence.

The court heard the 30-year-old started pestering Amanda Swain, leaving abusive voicemails on her mobile phone, after they fell out in January.

Bruce and his partner at the time had left some of their belongings at Miss Swain’s house and were intent on getting them back.

The goods included a Johnny Cash CD that had belonged to Bruce’s father and was described in court as having sentimental value.

Magistrates heard Bruce tried to call her to arrange getting the property back but the conversation descended into an argument.

He began calling her, leaving messages calling Miss Swain a variety of abusive names.

Calls were made between January 13 and January 24 but it was on January 16 that Bruce made his concerted effort and left 106 messages in two hours.

At the time of the offence he was subject to a conditional discharge for a previous harassment.

Sam Jackson, defencing, said the harassment had gone both ways for a period of time before Bruce took it too far.

Magistrates adjourned the case for a sentencing report to be produced, which will outline all their options for dealing with Bruce.

Chairman David Wood said: “This was aggravated because the calls were made at night time and the high volume of calls. There was an element of provocation.”

Bruce will appear for sentencing at the court on August 16.