A number of possessive ex’s, obsessed stalkers and jilted boyfriends have appeared in court for their sickening crimes.
Teesside Live has reported on some of the men who appeared in the dock for shocking attacks on their lovers, ex-partners and stalking victims. Some of the scorned lovers have left women living in fear and frightened to leave their homes.
We have put together a list of 11 men who have appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court and Teesside Crown Court recently. Read about their calculated stalking and frightening harassment campaigns below.
Christopher Stobbs left his ex-girlfriend ‘living in fear’ after his campaign of harassment. The obsessed stalker bombarded the woman with an “excessive amount” of missed calls and WhatsApp messages after their “on and off” relationship came to an end in February.
The full-time carer even attended the mum’s home at night to return Christmas presents he had bought for his ex-girlfriend and her child. The 35-year-old also encouraged another person to contact the woman on the “pretence of purchase of puppies”.
Stobbs, of Irvine Road, North Ormesby , pleaded guilty to stalking a woman between February 2 and 19 in Skelton. Prosecutor Paul Doney told how the woman received an “excessive amount” of Whatsapp messages and missed calls from the defendant. She had contacted police to ask him to stop messaging her.
Deputy district judge Katy Rafter handed Stobbs a 12 month community order with 27 rehabilitation activity requirement days. He must also pay an £180 court bill.
An obsessed man who could not stop following and contacting a mum was jailed for over six years. The 34-year-old was even slapped with Cleveland Police’s first ever Stalking Protection Order (SPO) but that did not stop him tormenting his victim.
The court heard of a long list of phone calls and threats that Davies continued to make to the woman, despite being repeatedly arrested and bailed by police. Davies stalked the woman for over five months late last year and into this year.
He turned up outside her home shouting obscenities and made continuous threatening phone calls to her. When the woman blocked him on social media, Davies created fake profiles and continued to send her abusive messages.
Ms Mellor said that on January 29, Davies phoned his victim 38 times, saying: “I’m outside and I’m going to get you.” He picked up a plant pot in her back garden and threw it at a window.
Davies was arrested in February but then told his victim that he was going to report her to social services and the police, and get her kids taken away from her. Petrified, the woman agreed to meet with him but didn’t turn up at the last minute.
Davies then sent her a photograph of him crying whilst waiting for her; before asking for money. He later sent a photo of himself outside of her house and then a video showing a tree and him crying, with something round his neck.
He messaged: ” I am done. Once I jump there’s no going back. You made me do this. I mean it I’ll be dead soon and it’s all your fault. Don’t phone me as I’ll be dead. I’ll do it in four minutes.”
Davies, of Kedlestone Park in Coulby Newham, pleaded guilty to stalking between September 2021 and February 2022; breaching a non-molestation order; breaching a stalking order; common assault and another count of stalking at an earlier hearing. The court heard that he has a previous conviction for stalking.
Michele Turner, defending, told the court that her client had drug addiction problems and was dealing with the sudden death of his sister, at the time of his offending. Judge Alex Menary told Davies that his behaviour was, ” vile and unpleasant – calculated to cause maximum distress over a prolonged period of time.” Davies was jailed for six years and three months.
A “possessive” stalker called his ex-girlfriend over 100 times – and even waited on her doorstep at 4.30am until she arrived home from a night out. Cocaine-fuelled Kieran Jackson left the woman “constantly on edge” after his course of harassment in February.
The 25-year-old barged into her home and armed himself with a kitchen knife, sent her 1p on her mobile banking app and bombarded her with calls to get her attention. The “sofa surfing” Teessider, who previously “used cocaine on a regular basis”, also launched vile attacks on his dad while threatening to kill him. The bare-chested thug launched a can of larger at his father shouting “I’ll f***ing kill him”.
The service technician previously admitted stalking a woman in Stockton , between February 25 and 26, and a separate charge of assault by beating on April 10. Lynne Dalton, prosecuting, outlined Jackson’s stalking crimes against a woman who he had met 10 years ago at school. The pair had “always been close friends” and their relationship had been “on and off” as it became “toxic” leading to arguments.
The Middlesbrough court heard how there had been a “falling out” between the pair two days before February 25, and Jackson “called her on no caller ID numerous times” as she was getting ready to go out with a friend. The woman FaceTimed Jackson and “everything was ok” when the call ended.
However, Ms Dalton stated that Jackson would be “possessive” when the woman went out. At around 1.50am on February 26, Jackson messaged the woman ‘asking if he could come around and see her later on’. He then also threatened to send explicit photos of her. The court heard how the woman’s phone was “vibrating in her bag” with calls from a no caller ID.
Jackson then messaged her asking: ‘Why are you ignoring me’ and ‘watch what happens’. Then at around 4.30am, the woman returned home in a taxi to find Jackson sitting on her doorstep. Brett Wildridge, mitigating, told how Jackson has been at Roseberry Park Hospital “on a voluntary basis” and has not “misused substances” since April – but is “fighting the urge”.
The court heard how Jackson has been “sofa surfing” but is employed as a £20,000-a-year service technician. Judge Hood handed Jackson an 18 month community order, with 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days and a nine month drug rehabilitation programme.
Jackson, of no fixed address, must also pay £300 to his stalking victim and a two year restraining order was granted.
Thomas Junior Marshall
A dangerous stalker is behind bars after he carried out an axe attack on his victim’s family. Thomas Junior Marshall, 26, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, stalking, two counts of common assault, criminal damage, sending a threatening message and resisting a police officer at York Crown Court
Marshall became aggressive towards a woman and made accusations against her before turning on two of her male family members. He continued to go to the woman’s house and her family members – even assaulting the two men, aged 59 and 22, on one occasion.
During another incident, Marshall vandalised a van belonging to the woman’s neighbour with graffiti. North Yorkshire Police said that just days later, his bizarre crime spree came to an end when he called at the woman’s relative’s house and smashed the windows with an axe before chasing the 59-year-old upstairs.
A 22-year-old witnessed the attack on his father and bravely tried to calm Marshall. When police arrived at the address, they found him sitting calmly in a chair. Marshall was then arrested and taken into custody. Marshall was jailed for eight years and told he must serve an extended licence period of four years. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £190 and ordered to forfeit the axe.
Timothy Philip Lee Millward
A sick stalker has been jailed for creating a fake kidnap plot after a woman rejected his advances. Timothy Philip Lee Millward, 44, met a woman while she worked at a hotel in Scarborough, and became obsessed with her after she turned down his attempts to start a relationship. North Yorkshire Police said Millward then created a fake kidnap plot to make it appear that the woman was defrauding people.
The woman, who told Millward she was not interested in a romantic relationship, said that was the moment his sick vendetta began. Millward then reported her as kidnapped, and claimed to have received demands for cash. The woman was even investigated and arrested, as it seemed that she was part of Millward’s fake ploy.
Millward was caught out when mobile phone analysis showed messages had been sent from his phone, and not the victim. He was also sending malicious messages to her family on social media, as well as hacking into the woman’s Instagram and setting up accounts in her name to harass her relatives.
A member of the victim’s family said that his stalking and obsessive behaviour had “drained the life out of the family”. Millward pleaded guilty to stalking with the intent to cause alarm and distress, perverting the course of justice, and unauthorised computer access. He was jailed for five years and 11 months.
A jilted boyfriend stalked his ex after their eight year relationship ended. Hartlepool ‘s Ben Nicholson bombarded the woman with messages and phone calls – even pestering her mum to find out “who she was with”. On one occasion, he rang her 33 times overnight.
The 27-year-old’s now been slapped with a restraining order after the victim claimed his antics had left her “on edge”. “He was constantly asking her to get back together,” said prosecutor Rachel Butt.
She said Nicolson would drop off flowers and cards, and wait in his car for her to return from a run. On one occasion he approached the woman’s mum, with the prosecutor adding: “He was asking where she was and who she was with”.
Nicholson told probation staff that they had broken up “briefly” but that “efforts were made on both sides to save the relationship”. He later claimed there had been no further issues, while Nicholson – who also recently received a road ban for drink driving – admitted he had been “up and down” at the time.
“My head was all over the place and I was trying to save my relationship,” he told probation. “That’s why I went on to do those stupid things. I didn’t want to break up – had had been together for eight years and we had plans.”
However the court heard the victim maintained there had been “significant issues” since then, with District Judge Steven Hood imposing a two year restraining order. The defendant, from Wansbeck Garden, pleaded guilty to a single charge of stalking and handed a 12 month community order.
He was also fined £300, and ordered to pay a £95 charge and £85 costs.
This brute subjected his girlfriend to horrific physical and mental abuse – breaking her leg and urinating all over her. Teesside Crown Court heard Peter Sharp, 37, of Catcote Road in Hartlepool, repeatedly punched his girlfriend, pulled her hair, went through her phone, and even broke her leg during one vicious attack.
The prosecution claimed on one occasion, when Sharp’s girlfriend had taken herself off to bed because he had assaulted her, he woke her up and punched her in the face. Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said: “She even tried to climb out a bedroom window such was her fear of further violence but he pulled her back and she fell to the floor”.
Sharp then urinated over his girlfriend; poured water on her and spat at her. Jailing Sharp for four years, Judge Howard Crowson said: “Your partner experienced quite appalling pain and suffering at your hands and she has been particularly mentally harmed for a period of two and a half years.”
Shane Thomas launched a vicious attack on his partner continuing to assault her after she jumped out of an upstairs window to escape him. Teesside Crown Court heard Thomas, 34, was angry that his girlfriend had got home after him from a night out – the couple had been out separately on October 2 of last year- and he immediately warned his partner not to dare come into the bedroom to give him “kisses and cuddles”.
It was claimed Thomas then grabbed his partner by the jaw, screamed and shouted at her, before landing punches to her face and body. The woman told police that she estimated she was punched 30 times as her boyfriend told her “I’ll f****** kill you” before repeatedly knocking her to the floor.
The woman was left with blood dripping from cuts to her head. The judge handed Thomas, of Crook Crescent in Norton, a four-year-ten-month prison term and made him the subject of a restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting his ex-girlfriend for 10 years.
Raja Daud Ur Rehman
Raja Daud Ur Rehman hacked off the hair of his pregnant wife before stabbing her in the neck with a kitchen knife in front of her one-year-old baby. The woman also received a horrific injury to her hand – which left her little finger hanging off – caused when she raised her hand to protect herself from the knife attack.
The mum was subjected to the unprovoked assault by Rehman, 34, at their home in Middlesbrough. Teesside Crown Court heard how he waited for her to come home before he kicked her in the head and back, cut her hair off, pulled her hair out and punched her in the face.
Rehman was sentenced to 23 months behind bars.
This dad left his ex-partner scarred after a ‘cowardly and appalling attack’ but avoided jail. Michael Pugh, of Elvington Close, Billingham, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court in March for GBH, assaulting two police officers, taking a vehicle without consent and breaching bail.
The court heard that Pugh entered into a relationship with his ex in June 2019 and moved into her property at Ingleby Barwick shortly after. Prosecutor Paul Newcome claimed over time the defendant became possessive, jealous and accused her of texting other men.
On one occasion, he stamped on her head three times knocking her unconscious before she managed to escape alerting a neighbour. Pugh, 44, was given a suspended prison sentence for GBH, assaulting the emergency workers and taking a vehicle without consent.
A jealous thug Googled ‘how many years do you get for killing someone?’ before stabbing his ex-girlfriend in a brutal attack. Jack Sutton, 24, sobbed as he was jailed for the horrific stabbing which took place in December.
The dad-of-two attacked his ex partner following their break up – and will now serve 16 years behind bars. The pair had been for a meal in Scarborough to speak amicably about their relationship, and later that night met up again when the woman realised that Sutton had her ID.
Despite going with a friend, who she had been staying with since the breakup, Sutton lured the woman away to a dark street, on Falsgrave Road, where he slashed and stabbed at her body a number of times.
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