A jealous stalker who hid in a CUPBOARD to spy on his ex-partner’s daughter and her friend has been jailed for breaching a restraining order.
John Kelly, 60, caused the victims to suffer “mental torture” after making vile threats on Facebook and forcing them to flee their hometown.
He was slapped with a restraining order in 2018 but just six months later he plagued one of the victims again by telling her to “think on” when she told Facebook friends said she was moving back to Rugby, Warks.
On Friday (10/7) Kelly, of Rugby, Warks., was jailed for eight months at Warwick Crown Court after he admitted breaching the order.
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “You were convicted of harassment in November 2018 and sentenced to a 12-month suspended sentence order and a restraining order was passed.
“But in May 2019, six months into the order, this lady made some comments on Facebook about moving back to Rugby, and you began to make comments back, saying she could not come back.
“The tone of it is you are rather crowing. She thought you meant to make her life difficult again.
“She had to move out of the area because of the original offences.
“By making the comments you did, you have made it very difficult for her to take up the life she had in Rugby again.
“The whole purpose of these orders is to protect these women.
“She could not possibly feel protected if she found you had breached the suspended sentence and nothing was done.”
Caroline Harris, prosecuting, said that in November 2018 Kelly was handed given a 12-month suspended sentence for stalking and harassment.
The court heard he was obsessed with the daughter of a former partner he had split up with when the girl was 12.
She had kept in touch with him, and in 2018, when she and a friend needed somewhere to stay, Kelly put them up.
Miss Harris said: “The defendant’s behaviour towards them became somewhat concerning.
“He became possessive and controlling, expressing jealousy about men, particularly where [the ex-partner’s daughter] was concerned.
“He made sexual remarks towards her, and she was particularly disturbed by this.”
Miss Harris added that Kelly would pretend to go out, but would hide in a cupboard near the front door to spy on them causing her “mental torture”.
The court heard he also threatened to rifle through the victims underwear and sent her texts suggesting he was following her.
Miss Harris said: “She went to his home to confront him and found a number of photographs Kelly had printed of her from her Facebook account.”
When he continued to stalk her the police were notified, and when he was sentenced Kelly was made subject to a restraining order.
She moved to Leicester to escape Kelly but last May decided to return to the town after felling homesick.
But when she responded to a Facebook advert offering a flat to rent, Kelly posted a comment telling her: “You are not allowed back to Rugby.”
When she expressed an interest in another flat, he posted a comment saying: “Ha, do you think you can come back to Rugby? Think on.”
Miss Harris said: “She was concerned that it was indicating the defendant would make her life difficult if she returned to Rugby.”
In a victim impact statement, the woman said: “I am frightened of Kelly and scared to come back to my hometown.”
John Brotherton, defending, said: “The breach was not protracted. They are ill-advised, but are not themselves threatening in nature.”