A stalker who was jailed for breaching a restraining order wrote to his victim from behind bars claiming his mum had died.
But weeks after receiving the letter, the woman received correspondence from his Mitchell Newns’ mum which confirmed she was still alive. Newns had been convicted of stalking and harassing a former partner.
The 32-year-old was handed a suspended sentence in June 2023. However the following month he contacted the woman and was sent to prison.
Following his release, in August last year, the woman returned from work and went to bed. She woke to hear Newns shouting her name and banging on something, Preston Crown Court heard. The woman stayed in her bedroom and called her sister who went to her house and found Newns had damaged the side gate and a wooden panel on the shed.
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Newns claimed he had been collecting a strimmer and accused his ex of being with another man. The following month, the woman contacted her ex telling him to leave her alone. She then received messages from a family member of his, in which he had asked them to contact the woman on his behalf, the court heard.
Newns, of Hammond Row, Preston, pleaded guilty to breach of a restraining order and was sentenced to six months in prison. Jack Troupe, prosecuting, said: “Whilst in custody he contacted her on one occasion, telling her his mother had passed away. He accepts that wasn’t true.
“The woman herself received communication from Mr Newns’ mother and expressed her surprise as she believed her to have passed away. There was also communication in which he said he loved her and couldn’t live without her.”
Anthony Parkinson, defending, said while in prison, Newns has abstained from drugs and alcohol and has been offered accommodation in a ‘dry house’ when he is released.
Judge Simon Medland KC, sentencing, said: “You must understand, if you haven’t tumbled upon it already, that the maximum sentence for breaching a restraining order is five years. If you breach this again, you can confidently expect a sentence of the order of twice this length.”
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