Katie Price has escaped prison for sending “outrageous and inflammatory” messages to her ex-husband in violation of a restraining order banning him from contacting his new partner.
The 44-year-old former glamor model sent Kieran Heyler a message on January 21 this year, branding her new partner, Michelle Pentecost, a “c***ing whore” and a “gutter slag.”
He pleaded guilty to violating a restraining order and was sentenced to 18 months of community service with 150 hours of community service, with an additional 20 hours for violations of a suspended sentence for driving cases.
He was also ordered to pay court costs of £1,500.
Judge Stephen Mooney told Price: “In my decision, this crime was committed out of anger.
“The words used by you were highly offensive and inflammatory hence the violation cannot be treated as minor.
“In my judgment, balancing increasing and diminishing and increasing factors, the apt sentence is a moderate level of community order.”
Price showed no emotion as the verdict was delivered but he did give a brief smile as he left the dock.
Price was banned from directly or indirectly contacting Ms. Pentecost under the terms of a five-year restraining order imposed at Horsham Magistrates Court on June 3, 2019.
He was also fined £415 for making a “sharp attack of abuse” during a row at a school playground.
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The court heard that her message to Heller may have been triggered by an Instagram post by Ms Pentecost, which she denies was aimed at Price.
Price’s message read: “Tell your c***ing whore, piece of crap, girlfriend not to get started on me.
“She has a restraining order so I shouldn’t try to resist her because she’s in violation and I bet she doesn’t want people to know she has an affair with you behind my back. That gutter slag.”
The court heard that the offense was committed because of Price’s use of the words “tell yours”, an indirect attempt to communicate with Pentecost.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, Ms Pentecost said the violation had a “devastating effect” on her mental health.
She said: “The impact of what Katie has done is so disturbing, I feel threatened and scared.
“I feel frustrated and don’t want to go out. The language used scared me. I thought it was an attack on me.
“The result is that I think she will attack me. I thought having a restraining order would make me feel safe but someone violating it made me feel very insecure.”
Price attended court wearing a green dress and was heard telling a reporter to “suck my dick” after being asked about the possibility of a prison sentence.
Nicholas Hamblin, who represented Price, said his client pleaded guilty to the breach, but that she was under a “misunderstanding” that the restraining order “works both ways”.
She said there was an element of “provocation” and that she was “over-reacting because she felt she was being criticized”.
He added: “She has shown signs of remorse, she admits to an indirect violation.”
Mr Hamblin said Miss Price had sought help with her emotional problems at Priory Clinic.
He said she suffers from a “depressive disorder and anxiety” and added: “Miss Price is learning to deal with her emotional problems and not react the way she has in this case.”
He continued: “They have two different personalities, the public one and the weak in the public eye, every day in the public eye, no matter what.
“It’s probably just a matter of making someone fall.”
He said that Price had “a lot to say” and was considered to be at “low risk of re-offense” in a probation report.
Mr Hamblin said the crime was a “minor violation” of the restraining order because it was an “indirect” message and would have been “much more serious” if sent directly to the complainant’s phone.