A Borehamwood man who “bombarded” a former partner who lived in Watford with messages was jailed for 4 years today for stalking.
Sam Matthews, 33, had previously been convicted of harassing two other women after his relationship with them had ended.
Prosecutor Christopher Hewertson told St Albans crown court that in May 2019 Matthews made numerous phone calls and WhatsApp messages to one woman. In a message he told her she would be his next harassment charge.
He said he would attend her work in Watford and sent her images as he arrived there. He also made an obscene reference to her late grandmother.
When arrested he told the police: “The moment I met her she would be my next harassment case. I had fallen in love.”
Mr Hewertson said after the relationship with the second woman ended in January last year she too was “bombarded” with messages on social media. On one day alone he sent her 20 messages. He had also turned up at her family home.
Matthews of Warenford Way, Borehamwood appeared for sentence having been convicted of two offences of stalking. He had two previous convictions for harassment.
In September 2014 he had gone to a former partner’s address three times and attended her child’s nursery on four occasions. In 2015 he had send obscene Facebook messages to another partner.
Defending, Nathaniel Wade said he had suffered a head injury in a fight in 2011 and “presented with distinctive behavioral traits.” He said after he had been arrested he had stopped offending.
Referring to a pre-sentence report, Recorder Stephen Lennard said: “You remain devoid of regret or remorse.
“The offences you have been convicted of had a considerable harmful impact on the victims.
“Your actions were intended to maximize their fear or distress.”
The judge made Restraining Orders banning Matthews from contacting the women.