Man who harassed ex via Facebook jailed - Leighton Buzzard

09/08/2013

A man who has been harassing an ex partner since 2001 resorted to Facebook to continue his campaign after his last release from prison, a court has heard.

Matthew Robinson set up two fake accounts, one of them in the name of the woman's favourite character in a film, to try and ensnare her as a friend.

Robinson, 33 from Greenlands, Leighton Buzzard was jailed for 20 months at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 09 August 2013. He pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order between June last year and March this year.

Judge David Farrell QC told him: "You have made your victim's life a misery for years. This was a persistent campaign which continued without any regard or respect for court orders. This has to stop."

The Judge said in 2010 Robinson was first sentenced for harassing the victim between 2001 and 2009. He was given supervision, but repeated the behaviour in 2012 and was jailed for 16 weeks. He was also made subject to a restraining order forbidding all contact with the woman.

Judge Farrell said: "Despite that order you continued with your campaign of harassment. You pretended to be a woman and used other names to seek to make her a friend on Facebook."

One name he used was Holly Golightly from the film Breakfast at Tiffanys.

The Judge continued: "Those sites were used by you to post pictures intended to insult her boyfriend. They caused distress and upset.

"I have seen a statement from the woman detailing the psychological effect on her."

Minal Raj, defending said the harassment did not involve violence, or threats of violence or any attempt to make physical contact with her.

"The Facebook accounts were amateurish and she knew it was him," she said.

The restraining order will remain in force on his release from prison.

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