A MAN has been jailed for 12 weeks after he was convicted of stalking his ex-partner.

Karl Norman Jackson will spend time behind bars after his ex told police she had been followed by the defendant.

The 31-year-old, who has been jailed previously for breaching a restraining order, admitted that he stalked and assaulted his partner at the end of July.

South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court heard on July 27 in Barrow, Jackson was seen to punch the victim, Jade Thomson, in the face.

Two days later the victim was said to have awoken to numerous messages and missed calls from the defendant.

Driving to work, she was followed by Jackson in his car.

At one point he was said to have overtook her and blocked her.

She arrived at work to find the victim already there in the car park. He shouted at her about her complaint to the police.

Jackson then continued to send her messages until August 2.

The defendant, of New Market Street in Ulverston, represented himself in court.

Magistrates, led by chairman of the bench Gary Ormondroyd, chose to send Jackson to 12 weeks in prison for stalking the woman and four weeks for assault, to be served concurrently.

The bench heard Jackson had a ‘flagrant disregard’ for court orders.

They served with a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting two women or entering Quebec Street for five years.

Jackson was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £128 and costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing the case to court.

In 2017, the defendant was jailed for the same length of time after he breached a restraining order against a different woman.

He admitted sending Danielle Wall a number of text messages from three different phones, which he was banned from doing after being given a restraining order on June 15 the previous year.

He was also jailed for 16 weeks in 2016 after he assaulted a landlady, a member of the public and two police officers .