Sister stalker jailed - Dunstable

01/04/2015

A stalker, who terrified two Dunstable sisters, has today, Wednesday, 01 April 2015, been jailed for two years.

Martin Eayrs waged his 14-month campaign of fear and harrassment after he became besotted with the younger sister, who was just 14.

Luton Crown Court was told that 34-year-old unemployed Eayrs bombarded the pair with abusive phone calls and text and Facebook messages, but he also turned violent, grabbing them and spitting in their faces.

Eayrs, of Aldbanks, Dunstable, pleaded guilty to two offences of stalking and four offences of common assault against the sisters when he attacked them separately in the street.

At the start of the hearing, Judge David Farrell QC ordered that the younger sister, who is only 15, should not be identified.

Gavin Pottinger, prosecuting, said the offending began when Eayrs became infatuated with the younger sister and tried to form a relationship with her after initial contact was made via Facebook. She eventually became concerned by his advances and ceased all contact with him. That led to an incident on a Dunstable street last summer, when the defendant grabbed the youngster from behind as she stood at a bus stop. He pulled her backwards telling her he wanted to talk to her, but she wanted nothing to do with him. A month later, he grabbed the youngster once more on a street. He pushed her and slapped her cheek.  Mr Pottinger then detailed some of the threatening and abusive messages Eayrs had sent the youngster.

The court was told it was the older sister, who was in her 20s, that bore the brunt of the offences. Last June she had been walking in Dunstable when the defendant grabbed her by the throat, spat in her face and pulled her to the ground. The following day he had pushed her up against a wall and spat at her once more. He had followed her when she was out and, on another occasion, lunged at her so that she feared he might have a knife with him.

Judge Farrell was told he had bombarded the woman with offensive and threatening messages on her mobile phone and via Facebook. The court was told that both sisters had made statements to the police detailing the distress they suffered. The older sister said: "I no longer feel safe in my own home." The younger girl said: "I just want him to stop hurting me and my family and to leave us alone."

Dan Hart, defending, said Eayrs was a carer for his 87-year-old grandfather. "He tells me he is embarrassed by the position he finds himself in today." Mr Hart said that his client had been involved in a road accident in 2006 and had suffered a bleed on the brain. He said it had led to loss of memory, mood and behaviour swings, and left him depressed and anxious. It also meant he lacked the insight into the effect of his behaviour towards the sisters.

The court was told Eayrs had started drinking heavily, but had taken steps since his offending, to reduce his intake.

Judge Farrell made Eayrs the subject of a 10-year restraining order which forbids him from having any contact with the sisters or members of their family. The judge told him: "You have made the lives of the sisters an absolute misery. It all arises out of some sort of infatuation you had in respect of the younger sister."

Eayrs was sentenced to a total of two years imprisonment.

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