Stalker architect used app to track down his ex-partner who woke to find him stood at the end of her bed
- Unemployed architect James Robert Pitchers, 36, stalked mother of his children
- Court heard he used an app to track his ex’s movements and harassed her by text
- In one incident the woman woke at 7am and found him standing at foot of bed
- Pitchers pleaded guilty to stalking and was given a three month suspended prison sentence and was handed an indefinite restraining order
James Robert Pitchers, 36, pictured outside court, used an app to track his former partner’s movements, visited her place of work and sent her text messages between February and May this year.
A woman being who was stalked by her ex-partner once woke up to find him standing at the foot of her bed during his ‘campaign of harassment’.
Unemployed architect James Robert Pitchers, 36, of Stockton, used an app to track his former partner’s movements, visited her place of work and sent her a series of text messages between February and May this year.
The campaign of harassment began following the end of the couple’s 13-year relationship, Teesside Magistrates Court was told.
In the incident in February, Pitcher’s ex-partner awoke at 7am and found him standing at the foot of her bed.
He told her he had gained entry using a screwdriver.
On another occasion, he searched her home ‘from top to bottom’ while she was out in a bid to find evidence of a new partner.
His victim said in a statement the whole episode had had a ‘profound’ effect on their children and she ‘couldn’t believe the relationship had ended this way’.
Pitchers, an unemployed architect, pleaded guilty to stalking.
The court heard he was of previous good character but had taken the end of the relationship badly.
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Alex Bousfield, mitigating, said: ‘This has clearly been a very difficult relationship breakdown and it’s clear Mr Pitchers has had a breakdown as well.
‘These are two people who had previously been together for 13 years with two children. It’s clearly a situation which hasn’t been coped with very well by Mr Pitchers and perhaps that is a continuing problem.’
District Judge Timothy Capstick told Pitchers he had made his ex-partner’s life ‘a living hell’.
‘How frightening it must have been to wake up and find you at the foot of the bed,’ he said.
He handed Pitchers a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
The defendant was also made the subject of an indefinite restraining order, barring him from direct or indirect contact with his victim, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
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