AN OLTON man has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after he continued to harass his elderly mother-in-law, a court has heard.
Alan Smith, of Reservoir Road, appeared at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday.
The 61-year-old admitted to breaching a restraining order stopping him from contacting the 82-year-old.
Despite being slapped with the order in April last year, Smith continued to contact the pensioner several times between January 13 and 16, the court was told.
Prosecutor Marie-Anna Chrysanthou said the order was imposed following the breakdown of Smith’s marriage, to the daughter of the victim.
She added: “Between January 13 and 16, Mr Smith has made telephone calls [to the complainant], left an answering machine message and has been seen outside her home in Castle Lane, Solihull.
“[The complainant] said she has never got involved in her daughter’s marriage or divorce. She said she suffers bad health and no longer feels safe in her own home.”
In his defence, the court was told Smith had been trying to return his ex wife’s clothes because the marital home had been sold. He has been struggling to cope with the breakdown of his marriage and often feels suicidal.
Smith was ordered to carry out 40 hours’ unpaid work and pay £85 costs. The restraining order has also been extended until January 29, 2013.