A man who sent creepy messages to a woman he was secretly keeping tabs on after going on a date has been jailed.
Callum Henderson, 28, had allowed the victim to use his phone to find her device using the FindMyIphone app during their final date.
But afterwards he didn’t sign her out, meaning he was able to find out where she lived, the Manchester Evening News reports .
The woman had told Henderson she no longer wanted them to meet up.
Although she never told him her home address, she soon began getting letters and other items through the post from Henderson.
She also received creepy online messages including a video via Instagram he named: ”watch me die!” and another suggesting he would rape her.
Henderson, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, was eventually arrested after harassing the woman for four months. It emerged he had a previous conviction for stalking another woman.
In a statement his victim, who Mirror Online has not named, said: ”No one has the right to harass me or make me feel harassed and this whole experience has left me feeling scared for my life and my family.
“He is calculating, intelligent and scary. I believe he’s been keeping tabs on my location. I logged onto FindMyIphone on his phone when I lost mine and he wouldn’t let me sign out.
“After that he sent me letters and things at home when I never never gave him my home address. These things stopped when I changed my password.
“He sent me violent sexual messages which I took to be a rape threat. I had to take time off work because of the stress and take medication. I feel like my life has been derailed by someone I hardly know.”
At Bolton Crown Court, Henderson admitted harassment and was jailed for eight months and was further banned from contacting the woman for five years under the terms of a restraining order.
The victim’s ordeal began in March after she met Henderson through the dating app Bumble.
Prosecuting Mr Haseeb Yousaf said: “From that they exchanged numbers and decided to meet up. They had three further meetings at which point the victim told the defendant she was not interested. He told her he needed some time to accept her decision and that he needed to see her one last time. She agreed to this and they met on May 19.
“On that occasion she again told him that she was not interested. But she was then sent a number of messages and voicemails through the rest of May and June.
”One evening she was sent 20 voicemails and May 26 she was sent a video via Instagram called ‘watch me die’. She opened the video and watched it for a few seconds before closing it and deleting and blocking him on Instagram. She thought it would be a video of him killing himself.
“Further messages and voicemails were sent, some of which were particularly vulgar in content. In one voice message the defendant made sex noises down the phone.
“This caused her alarm and distress and he was arrested and taken for police interview.
”He confessed that he had met up with the victim after they met on Tumblr and had had ten dates with her. He admitted texting her but couldn’t remember how many texts and couldn’t remember the content. He admitted the voicemails and letters he had sent. But he said the victim had given him her home address and that he’d sent a letter to apologise.
“He said he was sad and confused and suffered from borderline personality disorder. He said he was ashamed, and told officers ‘I just feel s*** about everything’. When he rationally thought about things he did feel bad for what he had done.”
In April 2018 Henderson was given six months jail suspended for two years after harassing another woman. He was also ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work but had only done one hour.
In mitigation, defence lawyer Miss Elizabeth Evans, said: “He believes this occurred in conjunction with a series of coincidences. He lost his employment, he lost a relationship and descended to a reliance on alcohol.
“That is not to retreat from the impact his behaviour has had on his victim. But this is a man with the prospect of rehabilitation.
“He is remorseful. He never intended any harm and he did not intend to cause harm.”
But sentencing Judge Graeme Smith told Henderson: “You may find it hard to understand how people might interpret and respond to your actions but there’s no doubt at all the victim has found this to be a traumatic experience.
”Her interpretation of messages that included her interpretation of a message that made her think you were going to rape her. Your interpretation may have differed to how she responded.
“She was scared for her own life and the life of her family. She’s suffered from flashbacks and has said her whole life feels derailed. Probation officers say they consider you to be a high risk to women you know.”