Mother harasses ex-lover for money

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 November 2010

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AN ENRAGED mother repeatedly harassed her ex-lover and crowed 'I am the one in control' after he chose a younger woman over her.

Hazel Machin sent taxi driver Steven Baker 26 text messages and made phone calls which were abuse and of a sexual nature after their split in June.

The 41-year-old, who suffers bipolar, began the onslaught after Mr Baker ended their casual relationship for a woman aged 26.

Machin, of Elton Road in Weston, admitted to a charge of harassment at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on November 4.

But the woman said she was the victim of a twisted love triangle, which had left her with ‘a legacy of bitterness’.

The court heard how Machin had begun sending the text messages after their one-year relationship had broken down.

She demanded money and threatened to ‘cause problems’ with his employers if he refused to pay.

Mr Baker, determined not to get anyone else involved, gave her £200.

Then Machin texted him on July 8, saying she was the one in control.

Prosecuting, Mike Hartnell, said the episode had impacted Mr Baker badly and destroyed his confidence in relationships.

He said: “He spent a couple of years in the army, but never has he been through anything like this.

“It scared him to go to work and go home – he never knew what to expect.”

Defending, Stewart Angeletta, said Machin’s actions stemmed from a loss of financial control and a previous violent relationship.

He said: “This man had complete control of their finances and splitting up put her in a lot of difficulty and unhappiness.”

In response to Mr Baker losing confidence in relationships, Mr Angeletta said: “It does seem ironic when you consider this man decided a 26-year-old was more preferable to Miss Machin.”

Machin was also charged with harassment in connection with another incident at Becket Primary School, when she confronted head teacher John Clarke.

The court heard Machin, who had been drinking heavily, swore repeatedly at Mr Clarke in front of other parents after a row over her daughter’s uniform. She admitted to the charge.

Magistrates told Machin not to contact Mr Baker for four years and fined her £135 for the two charges of harassment.

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