A TEENAGER charged with an offence of harassment against his partner at Crewkerne has been ordered to abide by a restraining order.

Troy Steven McAllister, 22, of St Johns Road, Yeovil, appeared before Somerset Magistrates sitting as a special domestic violence court.

He was charged that between February 14 and December 3 last year at Crewkerne he pursued a course of conduct amounting to the harassment of Jasmine Crabb in that he called her and sent her numerous Facebook messages and text messages, one of which stated that he was outside her home address.

The defendant had previously pleaded not guilty to the offence, but when he was in the dock for a second time the magistrates were told that the prosecution had decided to offer a non-conviction restraining order as a way of resolving the case.

The magistrates imposed a two-year restraining order during which time McAllister must not contact the victim directly or indirectly or through any social media and must not go to a specified address in market Square, Crewkerne.

As a result the Crown Prosecution Service did not offer any evidence in the case and the original charge was dismissed.