‘Bullying thug’ sent to prison for a year after pestering ex and scaring children

Newcastle Crown Court
Newcastle Crown Court

A “bullying thug” who persistently pestered his ex-partner despite her having two court orders to keep him away has been put behind bars.

Over a period of four days during the summer Christopher Sharp repeatedly turned up at his victim’s home in Jarrow, stole her phone and even kicked her front door in.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the woman already had two restraining orders in place against the 29-year-old due to his previous behaviour and convictions, and thought he did not know where she lived. The victim, who had had a previous relationship with Sharp which broke down more than two years ago, told police in a statement she was “sick” of his behaviour.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “She wants him excluded from South Tyneside in its entirety. She wants him to leave her alone and stop scaring the children.”

Sharp, of Stanhope Road, South Shields, admitted breaching the restraining orders, theft and criminal damage.

Mr Recorder Ian Harris sentenced Sharp to a year behind bars, saying: “This is flagrant breaches of court orders. You just don’t care about them, they have no effect on you.

“I sentence you on the basis you are a bullying thug.”

The judge revoked the previous orders and replaced them with one indefinite restraining order to ban Sharp from having any further contact with his victim.