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Carlisle man jailed for bombarding ex with 97 phone calls in a day

Bryan Stubbs

A CARLISLE man who bombarded his ex-partner with more than 100 unwanted phone calls just days after being released from prison for previous offending has received another lengthy jail term.

Bryan Stubbs, 61, was originally handed a restraining order in 2014 which barred him from contacting or communicating with Sharon Whyte, indefinitely, when he was brought before a court following the earlier breakdown of their brief relationship.

But in the years which followed, Stubbs repeatedly flouted the order and was handed spells of custody which escalated in length, including a 56-month sentence imposed in 2018.

And just nine days after being released from that spell behind bars on licence, Stubbs was responsible for 97 missed calls on Ms Whyte’s phone on August 30. Most were made while she was at work and her mobile was switched on silent mode. He also left a number of voicemails.

A further 10 calls were made the following day, one of which was answered by a police officer who had visited Ms Whyte to take a statement. She later described sleepless nights and always watching over her shoulder. “I want all this to stop so that I can have no more worries or concerns regarding being harassed by Bryan Stubbs,” she stated.

Stubbs, of no fixed address, admitted stalking and breaching the restraining order, and was jailed for 32 months at Carlisle Crown Court today (TUES) by Recorder Paul Reid QC. “It appears nothing the courts can do can apparently stop this,” the judge told Stubbs. “Your offences are evidence of an ongoing pattern of obsessive and abusive behaviour.”

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