Obsessive ex-boyfriend jailed

A JILTED lover who subjected his ex-girlfriend to a terrifying two-month campaign of harassment has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.Aron Farmer, 23, plagued Samantha Scarlett with phone calls, visits and letters, and on one occasion hurled a concrete slab through her glass door, after she decided to end their five-month relationship.

A JILTED lover who subjected his ex-girlfriend to a terrifying two-month campaign of harassment has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Aron Farmer, 23, plagued Samantha Scarlett with phone calls, visits and letters, and on one occasion hurled a concrete slab through her glass door, after she decided to end their five-month relationship.

He continued his stalking crusade even after he had been remanded in custody, making phone calls to his former girlfriend from prison.

Farmer, of Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, pleaded guilty to putting Miss Scarlett in fear of violence, battery, damaging property and two offences of witness intimidation between January and March this year.

He also admitted breaching a conditional discharge that followed a previous court hearing.

Recorder Rupert Overbury yesterday sentenced Farmer to three-and-a-half years for the offences and imposed a restraining order, stopping him from contacting Miss Scarlett.

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He told the defendant: "You are, Mr Farmer, an obsessive individual but you're also a bully.

"You took it upon yourself to reduce Miss Scarlett to a complete state of fear. You repeated your behaviour on numerous occasions even when remanded in custody.

"That sort of fear in a young woman should not be and will not be underestimated."

The court was told Farmer and Miss Scarlett were involved in a relationship for five months, which she had ended because she felt he was too obsessive and was checking up on her.

The victim asked Farmer to leave her alone when he began harassing her and informed the police but the defendant then made a series of telephone calls to Miss Scarlett, asking her to drop proceedings against him.

Georgina Gibbs, prosecuting, told the court how on January 25, Miss Scarlett was making her way home when she saw Farmer in a telephone box.

Ms Gibbs said the defendant told his former girlfriend if she did not give him five minutes of her time he would beat her badly and did not care whether he was sent to prison.

Miss Scarlett managed to get inside her home to press the panic alarm but the defendant "swung a punch at her", the court heard.

On March 3, Miss Scarlett was at home when she heard a crash and discovered a concrete slab had been thrown through the glass on her door.

Ms Gibbs said: "He (Farmer) pushed his way into the property, she started screaming and ran up the stairs. He said 'drop it' 'drop it' in a menacing voice.

"He wanted to know who had been sleeping in the bedroom."

Police arrived at the property and arrested Farmer. In interview, he accepted some of the allegations made against him but told officers that he thought he had seen Miss Scarlett leave the property with another man.

The court heard that Farmer, who has been in custody since March, had been cautioned by police in 2003 for repeatedly telephoning an ex-girlfriend.

Jude Durr, for Farmer, said: "He is still only 23. It's his first experience of custody. But he has not wasted his time in custody, he has clearly sought help and intends to access further help in prison. To his credit, he acknowledges he needs help."

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