Man offered to pay child support for daughters – but only if ex slept with him

An accountant has been banned from contacting his ex-girlfriend for two years after he offered to pay her child maintenance, on condition she slept with him.

Father-of-two Adam Wood sent messages to Katie Hall outlining his "indecent proposal" after they broke up and she began a new relationship.

During a bombardment of 77 aggressive texts Wood suggested to Miss Hall he would pay Child Support Agency payments for their daughters if she had "some sort of sexual contact with him."

The 33-year-old also would became obstructive during weekend access visits, either being absent when he was supposed to collect his children or calling Miss Hall at the eleventh hour to say the visit was off.

Police were called in after Miss Hall, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, found 113 missed calls from Wood on her phone.

She told officers how her ex-partner who worked for an online retail firm threw temper tantrums during their seven-year on-off relationship and would smash furniture up and destroy her clothes.

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She had also received injuries as a result of him pushing her head into a mirror and he had been given been given a warning about his behaviour in 2017.

In a statement Miss Hall said: "I'm exhausted by it all and sick and tired of going into work every four weeks with the same problem and to try to explain to my daughters why their father can't have them at the weekends.

"I don't see any solution to Adam he's not being reasonable. I ended the relationship as we were constantly arguing and it didn't matter what I did – it wasn't right for him.

"My priorities are my daughters and he doesn't seem to care how his behaviour impacts on his daughters and my life. I can't go on like this. His behaviour is not right or a good example to set for our girls."

At Bolton Magistrates Court, Wood, from Westhoughton, admitted harassment without violence and was issued with a restraining order.

He was also ordered to complete a programme on "Building Better Relationships" plus 150 hours unpaid work.

The court heard the pair met in 2010 and began dating shortly afterwards but Miss Hall said Wood's behaviour deteriorated following the birth of their first child.

Robin Lynch, prosecuting said: "She confirms that a restraining order is wanted saying this has been a long process for her and she just wants the defendant to realise his behaviour towards her is not acceptable. She says it has affected her mental health, work-life and her daughter's lives.

"She does not wish the defendant to receive a custodial sentence and thinks that would actually be worse and affect the young daughters immensely if the defendant was to go to prison.

"She does want the defendant to have contact but not to contact her directly or indirectly save through a third party for child contact only and not to go onto her street.

"She has moved and initially thought the defendant didn't know where she was living – she now realises he does know where she lives. During these proceedings he has only seen the children on one occasion and she doesn't want to stop contact in any way.

Wood who was unrepresented was also ordered to pay £170 in costs and surcharges.

He told JPs: "My mother's been the third party and we're happy to carry on with that. I thought that the situation of pushing her head into a mirror had been struck off and the hearing today was for harassment without violence.

"But I put my hands up for everything I have done and I understand.

"I have since resigned from work and I will resume employment at the beginning of the new financial year. I'm getting myself some help."

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