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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Man jailed for harassing teenager on Facebook

A man has been jailed after harassing a teenager on a social network site.

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Arron Gow

Arron Gow, 25, of Queen’s Park, Millom, admitted a charge of harassment without violence.

Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told Furness Magistrates’ Court that on December 31 a series of “very abusive” Facebook messages were sent to the 17-year-old complainant.

Mrs Hine said: “A conversation he overheard in a bank prompted the messages.”

Gow was convicted of assaulting the same victim in June after headbutting and throttling her in April.

For that offence he was given a suspended sentence of 26 weeks.

Ms Maureen Fawcett, defending, said: “Gow is 25 years old and the complainant is 17.

“There is a degree of immaturity between them.”

She told the court Gow had been making “a lot of progress” and was working “extremely well” with other agencies including probation since his last conviction, and the incident was a “blip”.

Presiding magistrate Mr Steve Simm said: “The bench sees no reason not to activate the suspended sentence.”

Gow’s original sentence was reduced to 20 weeks, and he was given a further 12 weeks for the charge of harassment, to run consecutively.

Mr Simm said: “You have had a lot of support from probation and you have ignored it. You were fully aware of the consequences of your actions.”

Gow was also given a two-year restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim.

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