I have sent a synopsis of the situation so you're more well informed and also included this in this reply.
This is the first offence, however, the police were keeping a log of events back in 2012 but nothing ever came of it.
The messages apart from 1 or 2 were not offensive.
I would guess about 50 txts over a 3 week period.
She occasionally responded.
Synopsis of situation
I had a 10 year relationship with my ex-partner but have now been split up for around 4 years; also we have 3 young children with her, aged 12, 8 and 6. Generally our relationship is positive as this is what is best for the children and I religiously pay £600 maintenance ever month. I am a very loving caring father and I have my children ever weekend overnight.
Between 3rd Oct and 20th Oct I sent about 50 txt messages to my ex partner as I had found out she was in a relationship and had been for around 6 months. Many of the messages were somewhat cryptic so probably didn’t mean much to her, however, some of them were a little more harsh….e.g. “You and your new fella Paul said you weren’t going to introduce each other to the children….MAKE SURE IT STAYS THAT WAY”
In another message which I have no recollection of sending as I was intoxicated, I sent a picture of me holding a knife. I wasn’t threatening her in anyway it was another message to let her know that I could possible harm myself as I had sent 2 or 3 messages suggesting suicide but always followed up saying I wouldn’t ever do that. I also sent this email to her after I found out about the picture message with a knife…Bye way I swear that the knife pictures have worried me as I don't have any recollection of ever sending them but obviously I did. Sorry.
Additionally, in her statement to the police she mentions an incident that happened outside her house in Aug 2012 and within her statement she claims that I had threatened her with a knife. There were no charges, court case or anything to do with this incident whatsoever. This statement worries me immensely. She also claims that I have said she needs to be careful as where I live now I know some seriously bad people who have access to guns and other weapons. This is totally untrue as although I have told her there are many people in my neighbourhood known to the police I have never made any threats whatsoever towards her.
Possibly, some mitigating circumstances are that in Sept 2014 my father passed away very traumatically. My brother would have turned 50 years of age but unfortunately committed suicide 20+years ago. I also have a mental illness…bi-polar disorder for which I am under Merseyside mental health team.
I know my behaviour is wrong and have also started to see a psychotherapist to help deal with my emotions / feelings following breakdown of my relationship. As mentioned , the break-up happened around 4 years ago but I'm still struggling to come to terms with it so am now seeking some professional help.
I don’t have any criminal record apart from a caution for cocaine possession in Feb 2012. Based upon all of this I am after some professional advice if I am likely or not to receive a custodial sentence.
I fully appreciate you have no control over this but just wanted a professional opinion as to whether I am likely to be sent to prison for up to 12 weeks.