Hatfield stalker jailed after turning up at victim’s home, workplace and sending numerous messages

PUBLISHED: 13:19 30 June 2017

St Albans Magistrates' Court

St Albans Magistrates' Court

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A 27-year-old man has been jailed after breaking a restraining order for stalking a woman in Hatfield.

Silviu Ion was given a restraining order by St Albans Magistrates’ Court on June 13, but within 10 days he had already breached it.

Ion, 27, of Thrush Avenue, Hatfield, first appeared at court on June 13 charged with pursuing a course of conduct that amounted to stalking.

The court heard that between December 1 and May 27, he sent numerous messages via text and multiple Facebook profiles to the victim.

He also visited her place of work and home address on numerous occasions despite being told not to.

Ion initially denied the offence, but then changed his plea to guilty.

On June 13, his was handed a six-week jail term suspended for 12 months.

Magistrates considered the offence especially serious due to the repeated unwanted contact.

He was ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months and a restraining order was also made.

Ion was also told to pay victim services £115 and £85 court costs.

But he was back in court on Monday, June 26.

Hatfield Magistrates’ Court heard how he had visited the victim’s place of work on Friday, June 23, despite the restraining order.

On Saturday, June 24, he had visited the victim’s address.

On Monday, magistrates in Hatfield jailed Ion for 14 weeks.

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