A MAN engaged in a “sustained campaign” of harassment and threats against his former partner, in breach of a non-molestation order.

Within weeks of the six-month order being imposed on January 11, prohibiting Adam James Allison from communicating with his former partner of three months, he breached it by making numerous calls to her from withheld numbers.

Durham Crown Court heard that he would ring up to 100 times a day and by the end of March he was sending text messages telling her he loved her, but making derogatory remarks about her disabled son, saying he would have him taken from her.

Chris Morrison, prosecuting, said the messages became more sinister, as Quinn said he would make the lives of her and her son a misery, threatening to kill her.

Another message passed on to her implied he was about to hang himself in the loft, but when police searched the property, it was empty.

When she reported it, he rang her and told her she had made the biggest mistake of her life, threatening to petrol bomb her home.

He made a further call the following day telling her he would leave her alone if she dropped the allegations .

Mr Morrison said on changing her phone number there was a brief lull, but ten days later an account in his name on Snapchat was added to her account telling her he would not stop and would ruin her life, making further hurtful remarks about her son.

Allison then sent her abusive letters, accusing her of blackmail.

When he was arrested he denied responsibility, claiming he did not know the order was in place and that he last communicated with his ex-partner in January.

He claimed she blackmailed him, got other people to hack his Facebook account and he denied having the “savvie” to set up a fake account.

A victim statement outlined her distress at his behaviour, saying she had changed phone number three times and despite moving he found out where she was living.

Despite his earlier denials, Allison, 24, of Barrasford Road, Newton Hall, Durham, admitted breaching the non-molestation order.

Helen Towers, mitigating, said he now accepts his behaviour was, “appalling”.

She said a psychiatric report pointed to his emotional unstable personality disorder, compulsive behaviour and having a fear of being abandoned, on top of having adhd and depression, arising from a difficult upbringing.

Judge James Adkin said he displayed, “an element of cunning and planning”.

Imposing a 20-month prison sentence, Judge Adkin described it as, “a sustained, unpleasant campaign.”

Allison was also made subject of a ten-year restraining order forbidding him contacting or approaching his former partner.

 

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