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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Millom man's blog comments caused victim ‘horrendous’ stress

A CONVICTED Millom stalker who posted false allegations about a care worker on his blog has been jailed after showing “complete disregard” for his victim.

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JAILED Michael Paley

Michael Paley, 49, of Salthouse Road, Millom appeared for sentencing at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being found guilty of conveying false information about Hannah Williamson.

Paley, who was jailed earlier this year for stalking another woman, posted comments on his website, Millom Web on May 4.
The claims related to the care given to Paley’s mother by Mrs Williamson.

Reading from a victim impact statement, Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court that the incident had exacerbated a pre-existing medical condition which Mrs WIlliamson suffered from. In the statement, she said: “I have been under a horrendous level of stress since I read those comments.

“I used to be bubbly and outgoing and now I will never leave the house unless it’s to walk my dog, do the shopping or pick up my grandchildren.”

Mrs Williamson added that the incident had led her to miss work, strained her family relationships and forced her to do her shopping in Barrow in order to avoid Paley.

Referring to the pre-sentencing report, Mr Andrew Gibson, defending said: “It rules out supervision as Mr Paley still does not accept that what he put on the internet was false.

“It rules out a curfew because Mr Paley is at home in any case so that would not be much of a punishment.

“Finally, I’m afraid Mr Paley himself ruled out unpaid work because he said he believes it constitutes slave labour. So I have to concede that a custodial sentence inevitable today.”

Mrs Sharron Gillam, the presiding magistrate, sentenced Paley to 24 weeks in prison and imposed a restraining order.

Mr Gillam said: “You have shown disregard for the justice system by refusing a community sentence which we might have imposed and complete disregard for the life-changing impact that you have had on this victim.”

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