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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Dalton serial pest is told to stay away from his victims

A SERIAL harasser who pestered two former partners has been jailed and ordered to stay away from both of them.

Karl Jackson, 25, of Broughton Road, Dalton appeared for sentencing via videolink from HMP Preston at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He had previously pleaded guilty to harassment without violence, criminal damage and breaking a non-molestation order.

The court heard that Jackson had been in a relationship with Sorrell Butler but had reacted badly when the couple broke up in 2008.

Shortly after the relationship ended, Jackson broke into Ms Butler’s house and confronted her.

As a result of this incident, he was later convicted of burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, affray and threats to kill.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, described how Jackson and Ms Butler had both been in The Mill pub in Ulverston on May 4 this year.

Jackson made an unwanted approach to Ms Butler and attempted to engage her in conversation.

Mrs Hine said: “The incident reminded the victim of how the defendant acted when he was in drink. She generally lives in fear for her safety.”

He later tried to make contact with her by sending Facebook messages to her friend and sister.

One message read: “I still love her and she loves me, I'm telling you I can see it in her eyes.”

Mr Mike Graham, defending, said Jackson had been drunk when he sent the messages and later regretted making contact and apologised.

The court also heard that between May 13 and 19, Jackson had harassed Danielle Wall, another former girlfriend with whom he has a child, and her new partner Richard Lucas.

Mrs Jackie Barnfield, the presiding magistrate, gave Jackson a six-week prison sentence for Harassing Ms Butler and an eight-week sentence for harassing Ms Wall.

He was given a further 12 weeks in custody for breaching a non-molestation order imposed by Barrow County Court on May 21.

The sentences, totaling 26 weeks, will run consecutively.

Mrs Barnfield also imposed three restraining orders, preventing Jackson from contacting Ms Butler, Ms Wall and Mr Lucas.


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