A MOTHER was forced to live as a recluse for fear her former boyfriend would snatch her children, a court has heard.
Wendy Willard told police the behaviour of Penzance fisherman Graeme Laurenson had a massive impact on her and her family, leaving them unable to lead a normal life.
Appearing at Truro Magistrates' Court, Laurenson, aged 39 and of Alexandra Terrace, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order, imposed after he was convicted of harassing her, which prevents him from contacting Ms Willard or going to her home address at Alverton in Penzance.
Laurenson was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and told to pay £165 in costs and a victim surcharge.
Gail Hawksley, for the prosecution, said on January 23 Laurenson went to Ms Willard's home in the early hours of the morning and woke her by shouting outside.
Ms Willard was petrified when she recognised his voice, but when things went quiet she went back to bed. A neighbour, however, saw Laurenson outside and recognised him.
Laurenson had also sent Ms Willard a Facebook message asking her to meet him and saying he missed her.
Paul Gallagher, for the defence, said Laurenson had been upset because he had not seen his children for about two months. He had sent a Facebook message to Ms Willard, then realised he could get into trouble for doing so, and had gone to her house in order to ask her to delete it.
Laurenson's breach of the restraining order by sending a message and shouting outside the house was at the low end of the scale.