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Young mum's life of hiding from her ex; Offender is 'obsessed'.

Byline: Echo reporter

A YOUN Gm other had to go into hiding when her ex-lover repeatedly breached restraining orders banning him from contacting her, Cardiff Crown Court has heard.

Sam Roberts, 24, became obsessed with Gemma Webb and wrote her up to 70 letters.

Roberts, of William Street, A bertridwr, pleaded guilty to21 charges of breaching a restraining order.

Prosecutor Andrew Jones said the couple had had a four or five-year "turbulent relationship" which ended in 2004.

In June 2006, a restraining order was imposed on Roberts banning any contact whatsoever.

But, said Mr Jones, he immediately ignored it and within a month had written to her six times.

One letter said, "Will you marry me when I get out?"

And a Christmas card read, "To my friend, my lover and my wife".

Ms Webb sent no correspondence to him at all.

"She currently feels he is obsessed with her and has virtually gone into hiding. She feels scared when the post is delivered."

Ms Webb said: "He can't get it into his head that I don't want to be in his life any more.

"My life is not my own and I don't know which way to turn. I jump when the doorbell rings and I look over my shoulder when I am out."

Roberts was said to have convictions for wounding, violent disorder and actual bodily harm. His counsel, Matthew Roberts, said: "He could not accept the relationship was over. He acted out of desperation.

"He has a new relationship with a woman who is pregnant."

Judge John Curran told the defendant the letters had been calculated to "wear her down".

From the off, he said, he breached the order.

He was sentenced to two years imprisonment to run concurrently with a sentence he is serving for affray from which he will be released in March 2009.

The judge also made a new restraining order in the same terms.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 31, 2008
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