A “possessive,” “obsessive” lover who asked his Northampton girlfriend to text him every ten minutes to ensure she was not cheating has been handed a restraining order.
When Sean Harman’s partner expressed an intention to break off their relationship in August of last year, he embarked on a ‘campaign of harassment’ against her, Northampton Crown Court heard yesterday.
In the months that followed, the 21-year-old of, Barnet, London, became convinced his partner was cheating on him and demanded she keep him regularly updated on her whereabouts through text messages “every half an hour” they were apart.
Repeated attempts by the girlfriend to fully break off the relationship over the next six months failed.
Finally Harman was arrested in January this year, following months of abusive texts to her, late night visitations to her home in Northampton and what the victim described in her impact statement as an almost constant monitoring of her social media pages.
Yesterday Harman, who faced one charge of harassment, was given nine months in prison, suspended for two years, and was handed a five year restraining order from his ex-partner.
Sentencing him recorder Adrian Jack, said: “You carried out a campaign of harassment between the end of July last year and January of this year when you were arrested.
“As we have heard it had an effect on your victim, she didn’t feel safe.”
A victim’s impact statement read out by prosecutor Dominic Woolard stated that she had failed a training qualification because of the stress caused by the harassment.
The statement continued: “He was obsessed by me, possessive of me and it took over my life.”
Harman, who had pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing has been in custody since January and was due to be released yesterday.
In his defence, Mark Sookram, said Harman “struggled with learning difficulties” and now “appreciates that relationships come with a certain amount of trust.”