Belper man jailed for ‘persistant harassment’

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A man who persistently harassed his former partner has been jailed for 12 months.

Nicholas Kearney, formerly of High Street Belper, appeared via video link from Nottingham prison on Friday.

Derby Crown Court heard that despite being subject to a restraining order, the 54-year-old, turned up to his ex partner’s home while he was under the influence of alcohol and legal highs. She noticed a shadow in her garden when she was having a cigarette and realised it was him. He later sent her text messages saying ‘grass’ ‘why you doing this?’ and ‘why’. She also received phone calls from him.

He was arrested on December 23 and spent Christmas behind bars. He admitted breaching the restraining order.

Kearney, who was jailed for 24 weeks last June, pleaded guilty to breaching the order. He committed the offence shortly after his release.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC, told him: “You have ignored all suspended sentence orders so far. What confidence can the court have?

“It seems to me that you have in your mind a court order simply does not matter.”

Judge Shant sentenced Kearney, who now lives in Derby, to a year behind bars and told him to keep away from his victim.

Kearney has a string of previous offences relating to harassment and breaching restraining orders.