A MAN who sent abusive messages to his former partner demanding she drop charges against him has been jailed.
Roofer Lewis Salmon admitted harassment and witness intimidation over a burglary charge.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 34-year-old wanted the victim to withdraw her police statement.
Martyn Booth, prosecuting, said: ‘She feels anxious and angry by the way she’s been treated.’
Det Con Hannah Waterman added: ‘This was a serious case in which Salmon manipulated and controlled the victim during the course of their relationship and continued to do so afterwards for some time.
‘I am pleased that the sentence reflects the significant distress caused to the victim.
‘We take reports of this kind very seriously, and we would urge any victim of domestic abuse to come forward and speak out.’
Andrew Coley, defending, told the court Salmon had been charged with burglary after going to the woman’s Portsmouth home and carrying out an untidy search between June 28 and 29.
He said: ‘There was reference to him going there with the intention of getting his belongings back and no doubt being upset by something he saw on social media. Effectively an extremely untidy search.’
He added: ‘In terms of witness intimidation he had been charged with the burglary offence.
‘There’s no direct violence and not direct immediate threat of violence, this is in the context of abusive communication from the defendant to the complainant.’
He added: ‘The defendant does accept responsibility for these offences.’
Mr Booth said the crown did not accept Salmon had gone round to pick up belongings.
He said: ‘The defendant left his clothes there, left his TV.’
The court heard Salmon had breached a 26-week suspended sentence order given to him for two offences of battery when he dragged a woman by her hair as she held on to her child in 2013.
Salmon then pushed the child in the back, causing the child to stumble, scream and cry.
Recorder Michael Selfe jailed Salmon for 13 months for the harassment and activated the 26-week suspended sentence, to be served consecutively.
Mr Selfe imposed a restraining order banning Salmon, of Bitterne Road, Southampton, from contacting the woman.