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Leeds stalker jailed over sex messages posted on fake Facebook account

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  • by Tony Gardner
 

A stalker who posted sexually explicit messages on a fake Facebook account he set up in his former partner’s name has been jailed.

Daniel Hutchinson also sent texts threatening violence against the victim and her new partner, a court heard.

Hutchinson, 40, was jailed for 14 months after a judge described his nine-month campaign of harassment as “vile and unpleasant.”

Jailing Hutchinson, judge Penelope Belcher said: “This was manipulative, nasty and controlling behaviour and a complete failure on your behalf to accept the end of the relationship.”

Leeds Crown Court heard Hutchinson continued to target the woman despite being issued with a restraining order after being convicted of harassing her.

Tony Kellbrick, prosecuting, told the court Hutchinson set up the social networking account in her name before posting messages which contained her home address.

He also e-mailed the woman’s friends and colleagues and said she had been convicted of fraud.

On another occasion he sent her text messages making threats against her and her new partner. One read: “You will both get yours.”

Hutchinson, of Landseer Drive, Bramley, was caught after he sent her a card which he ordered online and it was traced to him.

Police seized his phone and found he had been to her new address and taken photos of the property.

Hutchinson pleaded guilty to breach of a restraining order and pursuing a course of conduct amounting to stalking.

The court heard Hutchinson’s offend and had a serious impact on the victim’s life. She had changed address, her mobile phone and e-mail address. She also travelled by taxi through fear of being attacked by her former partner.

Graham Parking, mitigating, said: “He accepts the vast majority of the behaviour complained of and accepts that the behaviour would have caused substantial distress.”

 
 
 

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