‪A FACEBOOK user posted photos online and sent unwanted messages while harassing his ex-partner after they broke up. ‬

‪John Kevin Wilshaw, 62, was told by a judge it was “inexcusable” to pursue a personal vendetta against the woman, who had moved home twice in a bid to escape his offending.‬

‪Carlisle Crown Court heard Wilshaw’s criminal conduct occurred during a 12-month period after the couple separated in April, 2019.

“After this, the defendant sent numerous messages by Facebook Messenger, his Facebook page and also by two fake Facebook accounts,” said prosecutor Peter Wilson.

“The defendant continuously posted photographs and comments about (the woman) and he even posted on a local area Facebook page asking for her address.”

On two occasions, in December, 2019, and the following month, Wilshaw attended her place of work and took photographs, said Mr Wilson.

After the second visit, Wilshaw posted one photo with the caption “mission accomplished” having left a note.

“She has moved house twice to try and avoid the defendant,” revealed the prosecutor. “She has had to make considerable lifestyle changes to try and avoid contact.”

Wilshaw admitted harassment. This, the court was told, put him in breach of a suspended sentence imposed in 2018 at Aylesbury Crown Court, for the publication of extremist material while a member of a right wing group.

However, Judge Nicholas Barker observed Wilshaw had since been properly rehabilitated after engaging constructively with the “HOPE not hate” group.

In mitigation, barrister Andrew Ford spoke of there being “two sides” to the story after the couple’s fast-moving relationship broke up, and of his locks being “glued”.

“He accepts the behaviour by him was nasty, mean and spiteful. He is sorry,” said Mr Ford, who added of the offending: “It has not been repeated in the last year.”

‪Wilshaw, of Harriston, Aspatria, ‬was given a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation requirement and a night-time electronically monitored curfew.

He was also banned from contacting the woman for five years.

Judge Barker said: “It is simply not acceptable to launch a personal vendetta against anybody, simply because there were issues of aggravation between you and your partner.”