Portsmouth stalker used WhatsApp status updates to insult ex-girlfriend

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  • Stalker claims he acted as ‘lovesick teenager’
  • Man sent 143 messages to ex-partner and updated WhatsApp status
  • She was left feeling scared in her own home
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STALKER Alan Wilson harassed his former girlfriend by updating his WhatsApp status on his phone.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard Wilson, of London Road, Hilsea, changed his profile message and photo on the messaging system to pictures of her with abusive text.

The 49-year-old had first bombarded his ex-partner, of Gosport, with 143 messages, gone to her house and changed his status on the app.

Chairman of the magistrates Edward Searle, said: ‘You accept that largely your behaviour in this was not particularly pleasant and a bit immature.’

Prosecutor Andrew Newman told the court the pair’s relationship ended in January this year.

Wilson then sent his ex-partner the messages asking her to get back with him, he added.

On February 5 Wilson was issued with a harassment warning letter.

‘He began a different campaign,’ said Mr Newman.

He added Wilson would change the photo on his WhatsApp profile, knowing the victim could see it.

Wilson even changed his picture to photographs of his ex-partner, her ex-husband and her neighbour.

In one status update he put a picture of himself working at her property with the phrase ‘gold-digger’.

Other updates said ‘parasite’ and ‘mutton dressed as lamb’. Another said: ‘We know where you have been’.

Some of the messages correspond with when the victim was out.

Then on another day, the victim saw Wilson parked outside her home twice and saw him using his phone at around 6.15pm.

She then saw Wilson had changed his status to ‘thanks for the misery’.

On February 14 Wilson was outside her home again.

Mr Newman added that the victim said: ‘I saw something flashing in the car, I think he was trying to photograph me.’

Reading the victim personal statement, Mr Newman added: ‘I feel scared in my own home.’

Saleem Chaudhry, defending, said Wilson was embarrassed by his actions, adding: ‘He has, in his own words, acted as a lovesick teenager.’

Wilson pleaded guilty to one charge of stalking between January 25 and February 14.

He was given a community order, with a 32-session building better relationships course. He must pay £200 costs and £60 victim surcharge.