Court bans UK woman from contacting ex-boyfriend after bombarding him with 1000 texts begging to take her back

  • 13/01/2023
Michelle Felton, 28, harassed her ex-boyfriend with sometimes up to 150 messages and calls a day.
Michelle Felton, 28, harassed her ex-boyfriend with sometimes up to 150 messages and calls a day. Photo credit: Facebook

A UK woman has been banned from contacting her ex-boyfriend after she bombarded him with 1000 messages in a desperate and unsuccessful attempt to win him back.

"Why won't you speak to me?", "Are we meeting tonight?" and "I love you" the woman would beg, but her persistent pleas fell on deaf ears - and she got slapped with a hefty fine and a restraining order.

For 11 days, Michelle Felton, 28, harassed her ex-boyfriend Ryan Harley with sometimes up to 150 messages and calls a day - which he said nearly drove him to suicide.

The couple dated from May 2020 to February 2022, splitting up after an argument where Felton kicked Harkey in the groin and he accidentally broke her finger. It is unknown who physically assaulted who first during the argument.

The constant bombardment of calls and messages followed the breakup.

"There were literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of messages between 15 and 26 February this year," prosecutor Lynne Sayers told the court, according to the Metro UK.

"There were a lot of very love-type messages, with love hearts, but they were perpetual. There's a change of tone at some point but the majority are love-type messages, and 'Why won't you speak to me?'"

Felton would turn up uninvited at her ex's house and send photos of her which said "he belongs to her".

Harley told her several times he did not want her to contact him and that the relationship is over, prosecutor Arron Smith said. 

Smith said it caused Harley "great harm and distress".

Harley eventually called the police when Felton started leaving gifts on his doorstep, the Mirror reported.

"I just want it to go away and for it all to stop. I just feel like ending it all," he reportedly told officers.

In December, Felton, who now has a new boyfriend, admitted to harassment after her not-guilty plea.

In January, she was banned from contacting Harkey for 18 months and sentenced to an 18-month community order with a requirement she participates in 30 days of rehabilitative activity. She was also fined £50 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge of £395.