Harassment left woman feeling ‘like a prisoner’ in home
A LOUTH woman has said she felt like a ‘prisoner in her own home’ after being harassed by her former partner of 16 years.
John Stuart McLeods, 67, of Bridge Street, Louth, admitted harassing Sarah Maloney of St Mary’s Lane, Louth between June 19 and September 9, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, told the magistrates on September 17 the relationship broke up in September 2012 but McLeods had difficulty getting over the separation.
She said the police issued him with a notice warning him Ms Maloney wanted no contact with him but he continued to bombard her with letters, emails and items left on her front door between June and September.
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She said none of them was threatening but showed his distress at the break-up.
She said Ms Maloney told police she was scared what he would do next and that she felt like a ‘prisoner in her own home’.
McLeods told police he knew it was wrong but he had not meant to upset her.
Mitigating, David Eager said McLeods was ‘just a man who has struggled to come to terms with the break-up of a long term relationship’.
He said McLeods had now been in custody and so knew the consequences, but the real punishment was going to be a restraining order preventing him from seeing or contacting her.
The magistrates fined him £280 and ordered McLeods to pay a £28 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.
They also issued a restraining order to last until further notice.