A 33-YEAR-OLD Bacup woman has been made subject to a two-year restraining order which prevents her contacting her ex-husband’s new partner.
Blackburn magistrates heard that Samantha Jane Baragona blamed the other woman – who had moved from Bacup to Clitheroe to start a new life – for the breakdown of her marriage and there was a history of ill-feeling between them.
She was initially charged with harassing the other woman by sending her abusive text messages and turning up at her Clitheroe home making threats. That charge, which was denied, was dropped and Baragona pleaded guilty to a single charge of sending a malicious communication.
Baragona, of Staveley Close, Bacup, was given a conditional discharge for two years, made subject to the restraining order for the same period and ordered to pay £85 in costs.
Miss Charlotte Crane (prosecuting) said Baragona’s husband had been a work colleague of the other woman and they had an affair. He left Baragona and set up home with the woman in Clitheroe.
Miss Crane told the court that the other woman then received a number of text messages from Baragona relating to the ethnicity of her child from a previous relationship. The message that was the subject of the charge made reference to the boy’s parentage and the fact that the other woman was now pregnant by the defendant’s ex-husband.
Mr James Davin (defending) said the offence was set against a background of Baragona’s husband having a long-term extramarital relationship.
“Her (Baragona’s) family was broken up as a result of that affair and she was naturally bitter,” said Mr Davin. “She accepts the text message went too far.”