Cambridgeshire

CPS East of England statement on Rory McGrath

26/01/2017

Rory McGrath was given a 10-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty to harassment when he appeared for trial at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court in Cambridgeshire.

CPS District Crown Prosecutor Kerry Roder said: "The victim was the subject of targeted and persistent harassment by Rory McGrath.

"She was sent a number of email and text messages between June 2015 and August 2016; was approached by Mr McGrath in public, and also followed in the street.

"Despite asking him to stop contacting her, he continued to do so.

"Everyone should be able to go about their daily lives free from harassment caused by someone deliberately pursuing them, both through electronic media and in person.

"Harassment can have a devastating impact on the lives of those who become victims, as well as their family and friends.

"Stalking and harassment are criminal offences and we would encourage anyone who is a victim of such crimes not to suffer in silence but to report the matter to the police."

Mr McGrath was also given a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting his victim, her three children, her husband or her current partner.