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Carlisle man jailed for flouting restraining order by pestering ex

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has been jailed for repeatedly pestering his former partner despite being banned from contacting her.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Danielle Bell was “persistently stalked” by Daniel Kew after their nine-month relationship ended.

Kew, 24, was made subject to a restraining order in August which prevented him from contacting Miss Bell. When he flouted that punishment, he was brought back to court in October and handed a suspended prison sentence.

Yet within weeks Kew made unwanted visits to Miss Bell’s Carlisle home on two separate dates. First he approached her property, shouted through a letterbox and made threats to harm himself before taking an overdose.

Less than a fortnight later he returned to the address against her wishes before banging and pulling on a door.

Prosecutor Charles Brown said Miss Bell had provided a victim personal statement. “She clearly indicates that the defendant’s behaviour has had an extremely distressing effect upon her. She was petrified during the course of the incidents,” said Mr Brown.

Kew, of John Street, Carlisle, was described by his lawyer as “bitterly remorseful” for continued criminal conduct he “fully regrets”.

But Judge James Adkin concluded the offending had been “persistent”. Judge Adkin imposed an immediate 12-month prison for flouting the restraining order – which remains in force – and imposed 60 days, consecutively, for breaching the suspended jail term.

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