Welwyn Garden City stalker given suspended sentence

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 September 2018

St Albans Magistrates' Court.

St Albans Magistrates' Court.

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A Welwyn Garden City man has been given a suspended sentence after stalking a woman by driving down her street numerous times a week.

On a daily basis Gary Faires continuously messaged and called his victim.

He drove down her street, a cul-de-sac, numerous times every week and monitored her movements.

On August 16, the 49-year-old denied that his course of conduct had amounted to stalking and had caused his victim serious alarm or distress.

However, when he appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on September 6, he changed his plea to guilty.

Faires, of Drycroft, Welwyn Garden City, was given a 36-week jail term suspended for 18 months.

Magistrates considered the offence, which took place between May 1 and July 17 this year, to be especially serious due to the severe impact on the victim.

Magistrates also noted that there was planning in his actions and the behaviour took place over a “significant period”.

Faires must comply with an 18-month supervision period.

He must participate in activity as required by a responsible officer for up to 30 days.

The defendant must also carry out 100 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.

A restraining order was also put in place.

Faires was ordered to pay victim services £115 and £400 court costs.

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