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Man sentenced for stalking ex-partner

16 Oct 2020

A Fenland man who repeatedly stalked his ex-partner has been jailed.

Matthew Cox, 40, began harassing his ex-partner after their brief relationship ended due to his controlling behaviour in February.

Cox began pestering the woman, aged in her 40s, with multiple phone calls and messages which became increasingly abusive.

On 2 June, the victim received a total of 15 threatening voice messages from Cox before he turned up to her home in [area] at about 10.30pm and began verbally abusing her.

After repeatedly telling him to leave, he eventually did and the victim later reported the incident to police which resulted in his arrest on 4 June.

Cox was initially bailed with conditions not to contact the victim, but was later released under investigation while further enquiries were carried out.

However, on 2 July, Cox contacted the victim on Facebook Messenger, telling her to drop the charges against him and offering to give her money if she did.

On 27 July, the victim once again had to call police after Cox drove up and down her road, beeping his horn. He then got out of his car and began throwing stones and banging on the front door.

Later that evening, Cox returned to the address and sat outside, watching the victim’s property. However, officers were alerted and he was arrested at the scene.

He was once more bailed with conditions not to contact the victim yet, on 13 August, he sent the victim a series of abusive voice messages. He was re-arrested the following day as a result.

Cox, of Hussars Court, March, later admitted to charges of stalking and intimidating a witness.

He was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (9 October).

PC Natalie Charman said: "Cox subjected this victim to repeated harassment since their split in February.

"His actions were completely unacceptable and I hope this sentencing sends a clear message that any type of stalking will not be tolerated in Cambridgeshire.

"No one should feel scared in their own home and we continue to work around the clock to safeguard victims and bring offenders before the courts.

More information and advice on stalking can be found on our website here: https://bit.ly/30MQMgX

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