AN OBSESSED and possessive lover made his ex-girlfriend’s life a misery by “stalking” and harassing her in “a classic pattern” of domestic abuse.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that John Webster, 31, and his 32-year-old ex-partner had known each other for about 18 years and had three children together.
But he became jealous, aggressive and threatening and, after 11 years the woman took the “brave” decision to end the relationship. The Grimsby Telegraph has chosen not to name the woman, so as not to discourage other domestic abuse victims from coming forward.
The court heard how Webster – who admitted repeatedly breaking a restraining order – tried to break into her Grimsby home and bombarded her with social media messages.
He approached her in the street and repeatedly grabbed her arm – despite her telling him to go away.
And, while the abuse was not physical, she was left frightened by Webster’s jealous and “overbearing” behaviour and felt “physically and mentally drained” by her ordeal.
Grimsby Crown Court heard the woman had regularly contacted the police as a “cry for help”.
Restraining orders were issued by courts, but Webster bombarded her with 24 messages on Facebook and other social media between January 17 and 22.
These made her feel harassed and stalked, said Mr Evans.
He approached her in Grimsby on January 30 and said: “Hello, stranger” before repeatedly grabbing her arm, despite her telling him to go away.
She felt “physically and mentally drained” as a result of his actions. She was on medication and was scared to move on with her life.
“John’s obsession with me frightens me,” she said. “He does not take ‘No’ for an answer. He continually stalks me. I cannot put into words the fear I feel.”
Webster had convictions for 40 previous offences, including harassment of her, possessing a knife and assault.
Webster had been jailed for a year on August 28 for breaching restraining orders involving the same victim. He was released in January but began offending again within about 24 hours.
Craig Lowe, mitigating, said Webster pleaded guilty and did not want to contact the victim. He just wanted contact with his children.
Judge David Tremberg branded Webster’s actions an “appalling catalogue of behaviour” that was “possessive, obsessive and overbearing”.
He had not used violence but his “calculated and obsessive behaviour” had caused her “many years of misery”.
He had shown “utter contempt” for court orders designed to protect the victim.
Webster, of Rawmarsh, Rotherham, was jailed for two-and-half years and was given an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the woman, except to arrange contact with his children.
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