Threatening texts to girl land Brighton teenager in court

Posted On 06 Oct 2014 at 12:10 am

A Brighton teenager has been sentenced by magistrates for hounding a schoolgirl with a series of unpleasant test messages.

Neil Scott-O’Connor, 18, of Coombe Vale, Saltdean, pleaded guilty to harassment when he appeared before the bench at Brighton.

The court was told that he had “pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment” of his teenage victim.

He sent her hundreds of abusive text messages including “You’re gonner regret this”, Don’t push your luck” and “I know where you live”.

Scott-O’Connor was given a conditional discharge for two years and made the subject of a restraining order.

He was also ordered to pay £400 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The court issued a direction made under section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 restricting publicity in respect of the youth victim in this case.

It barred the publication of her name, address, school or anything else that might identify her.

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