Stalker jailed after wiping his own feces off his partner’s car and driveway

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A man smeared his own poop on his partner’s car and driveway before telling her he had fallen short.

Jonathan Roberts, 58, defecated on the woman’s property during a six-week campaign of harassment.

The week a court heard how he had previously assaulted the woman and left her breathless.

Prosecutor Joseph Hedworth told the court how the couple had been in an on-and-off relationship for around 15 years.

She said Roberts would tell her she was “la la” and “loopy loop” and make derogatory comments about her seeing her children.

Mr Hedworth told Teesside Crown Court that the defendant was drunk and on the phone with his 18-year-old son on October 9 last year.

He said the woman made a comment about Roberts talking to him like a child and he got upset and told her, “never say anything about my son.”

A few hours later, Roberts lashed out at her, unprovoked, while they were together in her kitchen, according to Teesside Live.

Mr Hedworth told the court: “The defendant used his hand or arm to press against the plaintiff’s throat, she was unable to breathe. He then hit the complainant and she ended up on the kitchen floor.

He pushed the author’s chest with his foot. She said that she couldn’t breathe and he released her.”

He said the woman was bruised and told the defendant, “I hope you are happy with your night job,” to which he replied, “You shouldn’t have said what you said.”

When the woman told him that she wanted to get further away from the relationship, Roberts continued to harass her.

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Middlesbrough court heard how he was seen climbing his garden fence on October 12 and damaging the gate and letterbox with a shovel on October 13.

On Oct. 14, the woman called police after receiving a text message from her neighbor informing her that Roberts was in her backyard and appeared to be drunk.

Mr. Hedworth said the victim thought he was gone when she returned home, but began yelling through her mailbox “let me in or I’m going to wreck your car.”

He said that when police officers came to his house, Roberts told them “Okay, let’s rock and roll” and they arrested him.

Roberts returned to the woman’s property on Oct. 19, knocked on her door and asked to enter the property.

She ignored the door and was “horrified” to see what appeared to be human feces in the driveway and license plate of the car.

The prosecutor said the woman texted Roberts saying “I can’t believe you pooped in my car,” to which he replied “I’ve been caught short.”

Roberts was arrested again, telling officers he had not attended the address but may have taken a shortcut to the hospital.

Mr Hedworth said: “He accepted that he defecated on his way but it was not intentional.”

The court heard how the victim received approximately 60 messages from Roberts and one call while she was at work.

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During his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Roberts appeared in court via video link to Durham prison.

The woman, who was sitting in the public gallery, chose to read her victim impact statement in court.

The victim explained how Roberts would get to her by attacking her children and her mental health.

She said that he would say she was “fucking crazy”, “barking crazy”, a “fruit loop”, “not quite there” and “had a screw loose”.

The woman said that he called his daughter “the puppeteer” and referred to his children as “clowns”, “weirds” and “pr***s”.

She said that Roberts was also seeing another woman for many years during their relationship and that he would jump between them, depending on who he wanted.

The victim told the court: “I am damaged goods, I don’t have the confidence to talk to people, I have lost so many friends and at times my family abandoned me. I feel totally isolated and very alone.

“I will do whatever it takes to get better and try to understand what is normal in a relationship and what is not. But for now I need time to heal and reflect.”

Roberts, of Stanhope Road South, Darlington, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and harassment at a previous hearing.

Kelleigh Lodge, defending, told the court that Roberts is sorry for his actions.

She said: “He is really sorry about that. Apparently, after the initial assault affair, he has had trouble coming to terms with the breakup of the relationship that led to the crime of stalking.”

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Ms Lodge urged Registrar Aisha Wadoodi to consider suspending his prison sentence as there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation and punishment for him in the community.

She said: “He fully accepts that the case passes the custody threshold. He hopes that his lordship can potentially consider other options to immediate sentencing.

“He fully accepts that the relationship is over and that there is no future contact between the partners.”

The lawyer added that he had spent a period of time in custody for the first time and conditions are now harsher due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Recorder Wadoodi told Roberts: “She described herself as ‘damaged goods’, lacking the confidence to talk to people and feeling totally isolated and alone. She describes how she felt when she called her ‘crazy’ and ‘crazy’.

“This crime was committed in the domestic sphere, I have that in mind. I also have your personal attenuation in mind. I take into account that there have been a series of personal difficulties.

He sentenced him to 14 months behind bars and served him with an indefinite restraining order against the woman.

Wadoodi Registrar also ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £156.

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