Stalker jailed for bombarding his ex with texts

JAILED ... James Gilroy
JAILED ... James Gilroy

A JILTED boyfriend from South Tyneside who bombarded his former partner with up to 378 texts a day has been put behind bars.

James Gilroy, 35, of Masefield Drive, South Shields, sent a total of 753 unwanted messages to former partner Joanne Monaghan between January and March after their releationship broke down.

Newcastle Crown Court heard some of the messages had a sinister tone, including one which asked “Who was that at your door?”

The happened just seconds after a deliver driver called at Miss Monaghan’s home.

The court heard Gilroy had continued his “obsessive” campaign despite being warned by the police to stop.

Emma Dowling, prosecuting, told the court: “Between January 1 and March 5 she received 753 unwanted texts.

“He would also send messages to her mother. She said the texts could be anything from 30 to 378 in a single day”

Gilroy admitted harassment and Judge Simon Hickey sentenced him to eight months behind bars.

The judge said: “Obsessive texts is what this case is about. Your obsession, a classic case of stalking if ever there was one.

“She feared violence would be used against her by your course of conduct.”

The court heard Miss Monaghan had met up with Gilroy in a bid to bring closure to their situation but he refused to stop sending messages, some of which contained warnings.

One said: “If I see you with another lad, it’s your fault what will happen.”

In a victim impact statement Miss Monaghan said she could not live like that any more and was “mentally worn out” by his behaviour while worried about what he might do.

Peter Schofield, defending, said Gilroy had wrongly believed some of Miss Monaghan’s replies were “encouraging”.

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