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Stalker caused ex to live in fear.

Byline: LIZ DAY Reporter

A STALKER caused his former partner to live in fear by repeatedly flouting a restraining order made after he punched her in the head.

Steven Reeves breached the court order four times by continuing to turn up at his ex's home, sometimes shouting and banging on her door and other times loitering outside silently.

Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Tom Crowther QC noted his behaviour caused "significant psychological harm".

Suzanne Payne, prosecuting, said the restraining order was imposed in April last year, banning Reeves from contacting Justine Gaye or from going to her home.

The court heard the five-year order was made after he attacked her by grabbing her and punching her in the head.

Prosecutors said the defendant first breached the restraining order in May last year, a month after it was made, by going to her home. He received a fine and community order.

There was another breach in August and he was given a four-month jail term, suspended for a year, and ordered to complete a rehabilitation activity.

Reeves breached the order again a month later and was jailed for four months as the suspended sentence was activated.

Prosecutors said his behaviour escalated from mid-March this year.

Ms Payne said: "He started to attend her home."

The court heard he sometimes banged on the door and shouted at her to come out while on other occasions he sat in silence. He started sending her messages including one saying "you nasty evil b****".

Ms Payne said the messages and visits had a "devastating impact" on the complainant. In a victim impact statement read out in court she said: "My nerves are shattered and I have anxiety problems."

She said she used to be sociable but now rarely sees her family and friends and is scared to leave the house.

The court heard she had CCTV and a panic alarm fitted at home.

Ms Gaye said she feels "constantly paranoid" and wakes up having nightmares about the defendant.

She added: "It is very difficult to explain how difficult it has been for my family and myself. I just want him removed out of my life permanently."

Reeves, 44, from Waterston Road, Gabalfa, admitted stalking and breaching a restraining order.

The court heard a pre-sentence report raised concerns he was trying to minimise his offending.

In his sentencing remarks Judge Crowther noted the "devastating" impact of the offending on the complainant.

He added: "She lives in fear. It has plainly caused very significant psychological harm."

The judge told Reeves: "You have completely flouted this order - it is the repetition that is serious."

Reeves was jailed for eight months and the restraining order will remain in place.

| There is a domestic abuse support available via the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 8010 800.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 12, 2018
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