Ilkeston man sent ‘menacing’ emails

Derby Magistrates' Court
Derby Magistrates' Court

A West Hallam man has been sentenced in court for sending offensive emails to people including Erewash MP Jessica Lee and a Ilkeston police officer.

Christopher Greatorex, 30 of Derwent Avenue, pleaded guilty to the charge.

He appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court on Thursday September 25, where he was handed a 12 week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, and a 12 month community order.

John Cooper, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that Greatorex had been before the court previously for breaching a restraining order for harassment.

He said: “Police constable Russell Crooks, a beat officer for West Hallam, received eight emails from Greatorex of a disturbing and menacing nature. He told him he was not fit to be a police officer and called him a ‘sick man’.

“Four emails were sent to Jessica Lee. These were intercepted by her office manager who said she felt Mr Greatorox was going to do something and was concerned for her safety and the safety of her office members so reported it to the police.”

In the emails he claimed that a member of staff at Ilkeston Job Centre had ‘stitched him up’, and went on to use offensive language calling the woman a liar.

Defending, Pardeep Kalyan, said that Greatorox felt he had been dismissed by every agency he had been in touch with.

He said he sent the emails after a form he submitted at Ilkeston Job Centre was mislaid and he did not receive a payment for Jobseekers’ Allowance.

Greatorex felt he had been accused of lying about the form. Following a case review, the job centre later admitted fault and apologised.

Mr Kalyan said: “All he wanted was for justice to be served and the job centre to admit fault, well that has happened.”