Katie Price avoids jail after breaching restraining order

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Katie Price has been sentenced to an 18-month community order for breaching a restraining order preventing her from contacting her ex-husband's new partner.

Price, 44, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday accompanied by fiancé Carl Woods to be sentenced after pleading guilty to the offence last month. She was accused of harassing Michelle Penticost, her ex-husband Kieran Hayler's fiancée, by sending an abusive text message to him in January.

The veteran glamour model faced up to five years in jail for the offence but walked free from court after being handed the community order, which forces her to complete 170 hours of unpaid work over 18 months, according to Sky News.

The text was apparently sent after Price became aware of an Instagram post by Penticost stating she had been treated badly by others. She claimed the post was not related to Price.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Penticost claimed the breach had a "devastating effect" on her mental wellbeing and that she felt "threatened and intimidated".

Price's lawyer Nicholas Hamblin said his client had pleaded guilty to the breach but was under a "misunderstanding" the restraining order "worked both ways". Hamblin also stated that incarcerating Price would have a strong impact on her five children.

The reality TV star from Horsham, Sussex was banned from contacting Penticost under the terms of a five-year restraining order imposed in 2019 after she accosted her one-time love rival in a school playground.

The text to Hayler, which breached the order, allegedly read: "Tell your c**ting w**re, piece of s**t, girlfriend not to start on me. She has a restraining order so shouldn't try to antagonise me as she is in breach and I'm sure she doesn't want people knowing that she was having an affair with you behind my back. That gutter s**g."

Price, who received a 16-week suspended jail sentence for drink-driving and a driving ban last year, is due back in court again next month for allegedly speeding. She is also set to face bankruptcy proceedings, likely next year.

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