Britain's vainest man barred from contacting ex after branding her a prostitute

Matt Dunford
Matt Dunford

Poser Matt Dunford harassed his ex-girlfriend Amanda Branco, a Brazilian lapdancer he met in Dublin, with up to 50 messages and 30 phone calls a day.

He also tried to blackmail her out of £5,000 after their six-month relationship ended.

"This has had caused a great deal of distress for the complainant and possible impact on her work”, Amanda Barron, chair of the bench, said today.

"We have decided that these two offences are serious enough to sentence you to a community order."

Giving evidence Ms Branco told the court:

"I went to Brazil for three months to get away from him.

"The day I got back - I don't know how he found out - he left me a voicemail screaming 'Are you back, are you back, are you back?'

"He started blackmailing me, saying he wanted £5,000 for what I did to his life.

 "He photoshopped a website saying I was an escort, he sent it to my mum and my sister."

Magistrates placed a restraining order on Dunford, who was being financially supported by his mother after he lost most of his gym clients.

He was also ordered to pay £120 victim surcharge and £920 in costs.