A Yeovil man who stalked his former partner sending her sexually explicit messages and then breached a suspended prison sentence by contacting her via a social networking website using fake profiles has been jailed for 22 weeks.
Retired Westland worker Kim Allison bombarded the victim with emails and phone calls from 10 different aliases filled with sexually explicit content including sexual violence against women and misogyny, with his former partner’s own face pasted on them.
He also sent her images of S&M activities including female victims and made reference to the victim being gang-raped by a group of men. He then moved house and took up residence in a property just 200 yards away from her home in Torquay.
After he was given a suspended prison sentence by magistrates in Devon in January this year he then started contacting her through the website “Cruisemates.com” designed for people wanting companions to go on cruises with.
She began to get suspicious when she received a message wishing her a happy birthday and another making a reference to regaining her trust and saying “my heart yearns for you”
When the police were informed they traced the messages to the defendant’s user address and when confronted with the evidence he replied “fair cop guv”.
Allison, 61, of Welbeck Road, pleaded guilty that between January 23 and March 12 at Yeovil he made contact on a number of occasions with the victim which he was prohibited from doing by a restraining order imposed by South West Devon Magistrates Court on January 18 this year.
He also admitted being in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed for a previous offence of stalking when he appeared before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil.
The court was told that Allison had been in a relationship with the victim last year after meeting her via an online dating website but it then ended in October.
During the next few weeks the victim received 145 telephone calls and texts from Allison before she reported it to the police and he also sent her a number of emails using various pseudonyms.
Prosecutor Christine Hart said the defendant was given a police warning notice on November 13 but the victim then received emails from 10 different email addresses to her phone, including 29 messages from “Peter Hunt”.
“These included a series of sexually explicit emails containing references to misogyny and sexual violence against women and the face of the victim was artificially included within them,” she said.
“There were other images of S&M activities, including female victims, and making reference to a sexual assault on the victim by a group of men.
“There were further bogus profiles of a pornographic website including her details, leaving her so afraid she fled to alternative accommodation.”
Allison was arrested by police and was given a suspended prison sentence and a five year restraining order not to contact the victim.
However she was registered on a website called Cruise Mates which facilitated people meeting up with others who wanted to go on cruises and she had applied for a female companion to join her.
After the restraining order was made comments started appearing from somebody called “Nicky B”, “Cruise Addict 2” and “Spider 1” and the victim became suspicious they were not real users and thought that Allison was responsible.
She was sent a message wishing her a happy birthday along with another one saying: “I want to try to rebuild your trust in me despite the unforgiveable things I’ve done….my heart yearns for you”.
She contacted the editor of the website and they found that three user names all shared the same account details.
Miss Hart said: “The defendant was arrested and said he had met the victim online and said that before the restraining order was imposed he had searched her on the internet and found her profile on Cruise Mates.
“He joined the website as Spider 1, however he said he had never spoken to the victim, but when later confronted with the evidence said “fair cop guv” and admitted making up the profiles but said he did it before the imposition of the restraining order.
“He said he must have sent the friend request to the victim by accident and the other messages were indirect contact as he knew she would see them and deliberately put on the post about her birthday.”
In a statement made by the victim, who sat in the public gallery during the court hearing, she said that Allison had made her life hell for the last six months adding that he was just not getting the message.
She said she did not want him knowing anything about her and she was now afraid to use any social networking sites for fear that he would find her.
“I now cannot contemplate a man being close to me and he has shattered my dream of having a long term relationship and life partner,” she said.
“I never date now and spend more time on my own than I did before. I am usually a trusting person but how he fooled me by using many aliases has made me very suspicious and I am constantly on my guard.
“I am always doubting my safety and live in constant fear and I am afraid he is not going to leave me alone and the only way I can feel happy is to move, but I love the area where I live.”
In a later statement she said that she had subsequently been diagnosed as suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Defending solicitor Chris Ivory said that Allison was in a very precarious situation and said the incidents surrounding the original offence were very unpleasant and graphic but said he had been punished for that by the imposition of the suspended sentence.
However he said that unfortunately in a short period of time he had breached this order and said that the messages he sent online affected the victim in quite a bad way but Allison did not seek to minimise the impact on her.
“He was trying to say sorry for the unforgiveable things he did, even though he cannot remember doing them because he was intoxicated,” he said.
“Sadly that has left him in breach of a suspended sentence order and restraining order, however there was no violence or threats conveyed in them.
He said that all the messages were sent while Allison was intoxicated and he had never had problems with alcohol before. The defendant had previously spent 24 years working for the Royal Navy and latterly at Westlands in Yeovil, but had now retired.
The court heard that Allison’s wife of 31 years had passed away in March 2016 and he started the relationship with the victim shortly after that and was also suffering with the physical effects of a heart attack in October last year, and his mother had passed away in February this year.
“He acted out of character and has been diagnosed with depression and was drinking to excess to cope with that but is now beginning to move forward.”
Chair of the bench, Susan Hanson, told Allison they were going to activate the suspended sentence order in full.
“What has come through is that there has been significant psychological harm to the victim and the breach occurred only six days after you appeared in court and were given a suspended sentence and restraining order,” she said.
“Because of these reasons we are going to activate the suspended sentence of 16 weeks in its entirety as we have not heard anything that would not make it unjust to do so.”
They also sentenced the defendant to a further six weeks custody for the breach of the restraining order, to run consecutively, making a total of 22 weeks. A variation was also made to the existing restraining order prohibiting Allison from going to Torquay and he was ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge on his release.