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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Dalton man pleads guilty to harassing woman with 180 Facebook messages

A SERIAL harasser has been told he could be jailed after pestering two women and bombarding one with more than 180 Facebook messages.

Karl Norman Jackson pleaded guilty to harassment without violence and breaking a non-molestation order before Furness Magistrates’ Court.

The 25-year-old of Broughton Road, Dalton, was due to appear in court charged with harassment after bumping into Sorell Butler, in The Mill, in Ulverston, on May 4 and sending her a number of threatening messages on Facebook.

However, he was arrested for breach of bail conditions ahead of a further matter.

Appearing from custody, the court was told Jackson had sent Danielle Wall, a former partner with whom he has a child, more than 180 Facebook messages. They ranged from declarations of love to threats against Ms Wall and her new partner.

The court heard how Jackson has a young child with Ms Wall but is no longer in a relationship with her.

The non-molestation order was imposed by Barrow County Court.

Mr Lee Dacre, prosecuting, said Jackson was due to appear before court for harassment and criminal damages charges against Ms Wall on June 3 but had been arrested for breaching bail conditions.

He said: “There had been some 180 messages from him, some relating to child contact, but not many. He started to say things like ‘I love you more than he does’ to ‘you make me laugh how you have hid his car so I don’t think he’s staying at yours’.”

The court was told Ms Wall’s partner’s car had been parked around the corner from her home in a bid not to aggravate Jackson.

At 7am on May 19 Ms Wall woke to hear shouting and Jackson was shouting outside her home. Mr Dacre said the incident ‘terrified’ Ms Wall.

Mr Mike Graham, defending, told the court: “There are matters before the court and he accepts them and he has pleaded guilty to them.” Jackson, who works at Duerden Meats abattoir, in Lindal, was remanded in custody.

District judge Mr David Purcell told the court on Tuesday: “I will adjourn this until June 3 for an all options report.

“It is open as far as these offences are concerned. These offences were committed whilst on bail.”

Jackson will appear in Furness Magistrates’ Court on June 3 and was told he could be sent to jail following the offences.

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