Katie Price has avoided jail after breaking a restraining order against her ex-husband Kieran Hayler’s fiancée, Michelle Penticost.
The 44-year-old former glamor model was given an 18-month community order to perform 150 hours of unpaid work – with an additional 20 hours for breaching a suspended sentence for driving.
Price showed no emotion when the verdict was announced, but gave a brief smile as he left the dock.
She pleaded guilty last month for breaching a restraining order and appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday morning for sentencing.
The reality TV star and mother of five has been charged with breaching a restraining order by sending an abusive text to Ms Penticost.
She had been banned from contacting Ms Penticost directly or indirectly, under a five-year restraining order imposed at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on June 3, 2019 – and was fined £415 for launching a “gross tirade of abuse” during an argument in a schoolyard.
The prosecution had alleged that Price sent a message to Mr Hayler, describing his fiancée as a “gutter s***” and “c ***** gw ****”.
The text was apparently sent after Price became aware of an Instagram message posted by Ms Penticost about how she had been abused by other people and how to deal with it.
Ms Penticost said the post was unrelated to Price, according to the prosecution.
The court heard the offense was committed as a result of Price’s use of the words “say it,” which was an indirect attempt to communicate with Penticost.
Violating a protection order – such as a restraining order – carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, Ms Penticost said the impact of Price’s breach of the restraining order had a ‘devastating effect’ on her mental well-being.
She said: “The impact of what Katie has done is very upsetting, I feel threatened and intimidated.”
Nicholas Hamblin, representing Price, said his client pleaded guilty to the offense but was under a “misunderstanding” that the restraining order “worked both ways”.
He said there was an element of ‘provocation’ and that she had ‘overreacted because she felt criticized’.
Last month, before the end of the proceedings, the judge warned the television personality and businesswoman that she was “in very serious danger of going to prison”, adding: “I really hope that I I won’t see you here again.”
Judge Stephen Mooney told Price today: “In my view this offense was committed out of anger.
“The words you used were very offensive and inflammatory, so the violation cannot be considered minor.
“In my view, balancing aggravating and mitigating factors, the appropriate sentence is a mid-level community order.”
Price was also ordered to pay £1,500 in court costs.
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