Stalker who sent threatening messages and smashed woman's windscreen in Bedford gets eight-year sentence
He was also served with a restraining order for an indefinite period of time
A man has been sentenced after being found guilty of stalking and criminal damage offences.
Gregory Robinson, 31, of no fixed abode but formerly of Stuart Road, Kempston, was jailed for stalking a woman and damaging her car in Bedford between December 2019 and January 2020.
He sent threatening messages to the victim in a campaign of abuse through messages and phone calls from various phone numbers, which came to a head on December 27, 2019, when he smashed the windscreen of her car.
A week after that incident, the victim called the police when she felt like she was being followed. Robinson was arrested shortly after and his discarded and damaged phone was recovered.
Robinson was sentenced to five years and five months imprisonment at Luton Crown Court on Monday, July 19 for stalking with additional 36 months added on extended license. He was also sentenced for one count of criminal damage which will be served concurrently.
Additionally, he was served with a restraining order for an indefinite period of time.
In her statement the victim shared the impact this ordeal had on her life: “I am always looking outside to see if he has sent somebody. I had to install cameras outside of my house to feel a bit safer. I check the camera a lot to see if anyone is outside. He has made me feel frightened of him. His behaviour was very intimidating. He made me feel vulnerable by his constant harassment.
“My family and friends supported me through this. I leaned on them when I was feeling down and particularly anxious.”
Detective Sergeant Pawan Nahar, who led the investigation, said: “We are satisfied with this lengthy sentence reflecting the severity of his actions. Robinson continued to stalk the victim and send threatening messages, and proved that he was ready to act on his threats.
“When police officers attended his home to arrest him he damaged his phone on purpose to destroy evidence against him.
“This was a pointless act as a large number of messages and calls were already recorded on the victim’s phone and linked to Robinson.
“We treat all reports of stalking and harassment seriously, and we hope this sentence will serve as reassurance to other victims, encouraging them to come forward and seek help.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Laws, from the force’s Emerald team, said: “Our force remains committed to providing support to the victims of stalking. Since new legislation came into force last year, we are better able to protect victims before the behaviour escalates to violence."