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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Millom man jailed for harassing girl, 17 on Facebook

A MILLOM man has been jailed after harassing a teenager on a social network site.

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‘ABUSIVE’ Arron Gow

Arron Gow, 25, of Queen’s Park, appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he admitted a charge of harassment without violence.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court that on December 31 a series of “very abusive” Facebook messages were sent to the 17-year-old complainant.

Mrs Hine said: “A conversation he overheard in a bank prompted the messages.”

Gow was convicted of assaulting the same victim in June after headbutting and throttling her in April.

For that offence he was given a suspended sentence of 26 weeks.

Ms Maureen Fawcett, defending, said: “Gow is 25 years old and the complainant is 17.

“There is a degree of immaturity between them.”

She told the court Gow had been making “a lot of progress” and was working “extremely well” with other agencies including probation since his last conviction, and the incident was a “blip”.

Presiding magistrate Mr Steve Simm said: “The bench sees no reason not to activate the suspended sentence.”

Gow’s original sentence was reduced to 20 weeks, and he was given a further 12 weeks for the charge of harassment, to run consecutively.

Mr Simm said: “You have had a lot of support from probation and you have ignored it.

“You were fully aware of the consequences of your actions.”

Gow was also given a two-year restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim.

Have your say

“Gow is 25 years old and the complainant is 17.
“There is a degree of immaturity between them.”
The complainant is a juvenile, so immaturity is normal. The defendant however is 25, so immaturity is a pathetic defence. The magistrate correctly ignored this by stating the defendant was fully aware of his actions, but then failed to give an adequate sentence. And why reduce his original sentence?

Posted by Maria Warner on 21 January 2014 at 18:43

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