Cirencester stalker jailed for six-and-a-half months

, Cirencester stalker jailed for six-and-a-half months
, Cirencester stalker jailed for six-and-a-half months

A 36-YEAR-OLD man who stalked a woman in Cirencester for six weeks has been jailed for six-and-a-half months.

Jason Stratford, of no fixed abode, had the case against him proved in his absence at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on March 24.

The court heard how Stratford stalked his victim between December 5, 2020, and January 22, 2021.

On each occasion, Stratford was found to have bombarded the woman with text messages and phone calls which caused her serious alarm or distress, which had a substantial adverse effect on her usual day-to-day activities.

During the six week period, Stratford is said to have believed the victim was assisting in the investigation of an offence, and subjected the woman to a bombardment of calls and text messages intending to obstruct or interfere with the investigation.

Stratford was sentenced to prison for 26 weeks and handed a five year restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the victim directly or indirectly.

He was also ordered to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £128.

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