Text messages sent by a jaded teenager who said he would kill his ex-girlfriend if she so much as touched another man were empty threats, a court heard.

The 19-year-old Maitland man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to assaulting the teenage girl and using a mobile phone to menace.

Court documents said the man asked a friend to bring the girl to his house about 1am on February 12 after the break-up of their relationship.

The girl said she didn’t want to go but complied and was taken to the house, where she made attempts to leave.

The man told the girl she could not leave and took her mobile phone to “see what boys she had been talking to”, the court was told.

When she tried to get the phone back the man pushed the girl to the floor and during repeated attempts to get the phone he punched her in the arm and pushed her again causing her to fall to the floor.

The girl stayed the night and left the next morning when a friend told her to report the incident to police.

The court heard the man had called the girl begging her not to go to police and sent a text message threatening to assault her friend if she went to police.

On Facebook he made threats to kill the girl and called her and said: “If you touch another boy I will make your life hell. I will kill you. I will slit the boy’s throat.”

In Maitland Local Court on Thursday the man’s solicitor said his client’s threats were empty and he was reacting to teasing from the girl that she was dating other people.

“The problem your honour is that they’re both very young and immature; he was a young man in love and his response was unacceptable,” the solicitor said.

Magistrate Darryl Pearce fined the man $800.

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