North East UK news Stalker in woman's bedroom told police: 'I'm really going to hurt her one day MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Ryan Whittington, of South Shields, bombarded his victim with abusive messages, threatened to burn down her workplace and was found by police in her home when they went to speak to her
Breaking News ! A stalker who threatened to burn down a woman's workplace and was found lurking in her bedroom told police: "I'm really going to hurt her one day". Ryan Whittington had bombarded the victim with threatening and abusive messages on WhatsApp on the same day he questioned her boss about the nature of his relationship with her and made the arson threat. The 31-year-old, who has previous convictions including violence and harassment against three other women, then got into her home while she was out and when police turned up to speak to her, they found him there. Prosecutor Jessica Slaughter told Newcastle Crown Court: "When they arrived, the front door was open. The police entered, shouting 'police'. "They heard a male voice from the front bedroom - it was the defendant, he had let himself into the address. "Officers described his behaviour as erratic, he was under the influence. "When the defendant was arrested he made a statement, saying: 'You've done me a favour here, you need to take me away from here because I'm really going to hurt her one day'.
. Whittington, of Julian Avenue, South Shields, admitted stalking causing fear of violence. Judge Penny Moreland said it was "fortunate" the police had arrived at the house on May 31 before the victim that day and added: "You told the police officer he should keep you away from her because you intended to do her some serious harm." The judge said the victim is the fourth woman who has been the victim of Whittington's criminal behaviour and his offences include violence and harassment. Judge Moreland sentenced Whittington to ten months behind bars with a five year restraining order.
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Penny Hall, defending, said Whittington previously worked as an industrial cleaner and is keen to get back into employment when he is released. Miss Hall said Whittington has "sobered up" in prison and is completely clean from drink and drugs, which has allowed him to "see things with a clear head" for the first time since he was a teenager. The court heard Whittington has obtained a cleaning job while on remand in prison, where life if more difficult than it would be normally due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
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