AN Isle of Wight man who anonymously phoned his former partner, saying her "days were numbered" a day after she had given birth, has been handed a restraining order.  

Edward McKendrick, of Oaklyn Gardens, Shanklin, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Friday, April 5.

At a previous hearing in February, the 47-year-old admitted a single count of harassment without violence.

The offending took place over two and a half weeks in July and August of last year.

The court heard how an eight-year relationship between the 47-year-old and his then partner ended in October 2022.

She had blocked him because there had been ongoing issues with him not leaving her alone, said Munayah Hassan, prosecuting, in February.

In August, the day after she had had a baby, the woman received calls from an unknown number.

A voice at the end of the phone said: "your days are f****ing numbered", before hanging up.

The court was told she knew it was McKendrick from his accent and was scared.

Ms Hassan said the woman knew he wouldn't actually kill her, but felt he could hurt her in the street.

Oscar Vincent, defending, said McKendrick, who has 11 convictions for 16 previous offences, had no recollection of the phone calls.

He said he was under the influence of alcohol at the time, relapsing after four years of abstinence.

Mr Vincent said he had left the victim alone since, kept well away, and had no intention of contacting her again.

The court heard McKendrick pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and could clearly be managed in the community.

He was made subject of a 12-month community order, to include 25 rehabilitation days, and handed a two-year restraining order.

He was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £140 surcharge.