A Warrington Magistrates Court has heard how professional cricketer Grant Hodnett has avoided jail time despite sending 20 erotic photos of his ex-girlfriend to her father in a bid to to ‘blacken her name’.
This comes after Hodnett discovered she was an X-rated model has avoided jail.
Hodnett, 38, started stalking after making this discovery, the court heard.
The former Gloucestershire batsman also sent derogatory messages to her family, friends, employers and customers.
The court also heard how the pair were embroiled in an argument after he learned about her adult modelling career.
The South Africa-born sportsman ‘came perilously close to custody’ but avoided jail due to displaying previous good character and a number of positive references.
The court heard that Hodnett has no previous convictions but did receive a caution in June 2015 for harassment.
Hodnett pleaded guilty to the charge of stalking involving serious alarm or distress. In addition to that, he was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison suspended for two years and ordered to complete a two-year community order.
Hodnett was born in South Africa and holds a British passport from birth. He was qualified to play for England through residency
In South Africa, Hodnett made two List A appearances in October 2010 for KwaZulu-Natal against North West and South Western Districts in the CSA Provincial One-Day Competition.
In February 2012, Hodnett made his first-class debut for KwaZulu-Natal against Gauteng in Durban. During that 2011/12 season he made 4 first-class appearances with a highest score of 57 versus North West at Potchefstroom as well as 4 List A appearances.