Whiteley businessman hassled ex-girlfriend through dating website

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A BUSINESSMAN who set up a fake profile on a popular dating site and stalked his ex has been found guilty of harassment.

Stephen Peters, 50, from Cobham Grove in Whiteley, contacted his ex by phone, text and online when he had already been warned by police not to.

He set up a false account on dating site Plenty of Fish to continue contacting her, even though she thought she was speaking to somebody else.

She realised that she had been conned when she set up a date with the online beau and then Peters turned up to meet her.

Peters has a history of harassment and had been found guilty at a trial last September of harassing another woman, his ex business partner.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday that Peters had been under a lot of stress at the time of his actions in January and February of this year due to another former partner.

Peters pleaded guilty to harassment without violence.

The court found the offence to be so serious and of a prolonged and sophisticated subterfuge, that Peters was handed a suspended jail term.

Aggravated by his previous conviction for a similar offence, Peters was given a four-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Peters was also ordered to participate in an integrated domestic abuse module for 18 days, and pay a victim surcharge of £80 plus costs of £85.