For centuries, men and women have demanded that their better half recognize their hard work and say a few words of appreciation. But a French man took a few extreme measures in order to elicit an appreciative response from his ex-wife. Owing to the ‘harassment’, he was handed a 10-month sentence – six months of which was judicial suspension – and a 1,000-euro ($1,300) fine.
An unnamed defendant who made 21,807 calls to the woman, his ex-girlfriend, demanding she thank him for fixing up their flat, will also undergo psychiatric treatment. He has also been legally barred from calling or contacting the woman he harassed. Fortunately for the defendant, he admitted to the harassment and was served a relatively mild sentence.
Though he isn’t being identified for legal purposes, court records reveal he hails from Rhone in southern France and had already accepted responsibility for the barrage of phone calls and text messages over a 10-month period. Interestingly, he had even accepted an earlier demand to cease contact with his ex, but continued unabated.
The man suffered from mental illness and has been hospitalized in the past for depression, reported The Local. Apparently his condition deteriorated significantly, when his girlfriend broke off their relationship in 2011. But instead of separating amicably, he demanded that he be compensated for some work carried out in their apartment, when they were living together. He justified his behavior by telling the court,
“At the time, my logic was that until she returns the money… or at least says thank you, I would not stop the calls,”
After the break-up the barrage of calls started, averaging more than 73 per day. The lawyer, Manuella Spee, representing the exasperated woman, a 32-year-old teacher who was also not named, said,
“She tried to block her line, but he phoned her parents instead and her workplace,”
So how did the harassment and feud end? The man may have won a global battle for men trying to win appreciation from their women. It was only when she finally said thank you during a meeting organized by a mediator, did the harassment stop, reported News 24. Court records indicate that the defendant hasn’t contacted the victim since. But he admitted to he court that in retrospection, he does feel guilty and stupid, “I tell myself, with hindsight, that it was stupid,”
Apparently, the defendant is an aspiring writer, but wanted to return to school to train to be a legal assistant, he told the court.
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