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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Stalker jumped from window to flee victim's house

A stalker left a young woman and her father upset and scared after he broke into their house before jumping out of a window to escape.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Joshua Thwaites, 23, harassed the woman over an 11-week period.

Thwaites and the victim had been in a relationship for a number of years but had broken up, the court was told.

He appeared at her house a number of times between July and September last year and tried to contact her, later sending her abusive Facebook messages alleging that she had been sleeping with other men.

On separate occasions Thwaites, of Crown Street, Cockermouth, put a note through her letterbox after being warned not to and downloaded some material from her mobile phone.

The details of the offences were revealed in court as Thwaites was spared an immediate prison sentence.

Jacob Dyer, prosecuting, said: “He has gone to her home address and later the father and daughter returned home. The father noticed that there was somebody in the house but did not know what to expect.

“Thwaites was in her bedroom and jumped out of the window to escape.

“It was later found that he had moved some clothing while in the house and that upset her father a great deal.”

When interviewed by police Thwaites said he believed he and the woman were still in a relationship and that it was her father’s influence causing problems.

On September 20 he threw stones at her the window of her Keswick home to get her attention then verbally abused them both.

He was later arrested and pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking.

Judge Peter Hughes QC told Thwaites he should try to understand the impact of his actions.

He said: “Any father in that position would be very concerned about his daughter and you failed to understand why he might be concerned about you.

“You have repeatedly failed to heed the warnings and you carried on hanging around trying to see her.

“You need to understand that at your age you have got to behave in a much more responsible and grown-up fashion.”

The court heard that Thwaites pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity.

He was handed a 12-week sentence, suspended for a year, and given a 12-month supervision order.

He was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, attended a thinking skills workshop and pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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