French man jailed for texting his ex 21 807 times

Lyon - A 33-year-old French man was sent to prison on Thursday after phoning and texting his ex-girlfriend 21 807 times, admitting that, with hindsight, "it was stupid".

The unnamed defendant, who had made the calls to demand the woman thank him for fixing up their flat, was given a 10-month sentence, six months of which was suspended and a €1 000 fine.

He will also have to undergo psychiatric treatment and is barred from all contact with the woman he harassed, lawyers in the case told AFP.

The defendant, who comes from Rhone in southern France, had already accepted responsibility for the barrage of phone calls and text messages over a 10-month period, and had accepted an earlier demand to cease contact with his ex.

He had been hospitalised in the past for depression, and struggled to cope when his girlfriend broke off their relationship in 2011. He demanded compensation for work he had carried out in their apartment.

"At the time, my logic was that until she returns the money, or at least says thank you, I would not stop the calls", he told the court in Lyon.

The calls kept coming, averaging more than 73 per day.

"She tried to block her line, but he phoned her parents instead and her workplace", said Manuella Spee, lawyer for the victim, a 32-year-old teacher who was also not named.

It was only when she finally said thank you, during a meeting organised by a mediator, the harassment stopped. He has not contacted her since.

"I tell myself, with hindsight, that it was stupid", he told the court on Thursday.

He said he wanted to return to school to train to be a legal assistant, and added that he had a "passion for writing".

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Humbelani Tshipandu 2014-09-05 10:15:24 AM
21 what text messages just for her to say thank you or payback money,he is mad.deppression can lead to that behaviour,im also a psycho
Peter Clark 2014-09-05 10:26:38 AM
Think he never took the hint, she never wanted to text him back
Dylon Damian 2014-09-05 10:27:38 AM
She could've just said thank you after the first message. Now this guy was tapping into his out of bundle airtime to send messages.
MeThinks 2014-09-05 10:33:54 AM
Should have said thank you sooner
Peter Clark 2014-09-05 10:52:38 AM
In Europe lots of the Telecommunication packages provide free texting. He saved a fortune if on a free package.
Tavis Brown 2014-09-05 11:50:10 AM
Stubborn b*%^ch, she could have just said thank you on day 2!
Mashao Mash Lewele 2014-09-05 12:19:33 PM
Annette 2014-09-05 03:00:40 PM
why the hell did she not change her phone number, or get the phone to block his sms messages automatically?
Sean Mitchell 2014-09-05 06:34:05 PM
Never ever give up