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Stalker jailed after becoming obsessed with woman
A MOTHER fearing for her life appealed to judges to lock up her stalker today (Friday October 25).
The unnamed woman and her former husband had remortgaged their home to help family friend Steven Anthony Greenbury pay off his debts.
The couple broke ties with Greenbury when he failed to make promised repayments and caused them to fall into debt and lose their home.
Shortly after, Greenbury began stalking the woman, who was by then estranged from her husband and living alone with her children.
Teesside Crown Court today heard that Greenbury, 47, had become obsessed with her.
Prosecutor David Crook said his campaign of harassment included hiding in bushes and watching her, sending anonymous cards and texting her son’s phone up to 50 times a day.
He received several police warnings and was eventually arrested after leaving a mobile phone containing sexual material and video footage of him in a box outside her home.
He was given a 12 month community order and a restraining order when he appeared before magistrates in July this year but breached the orders within weeks.
In August, he was caught lurking in his victim’s garden and also tried to contact her through Facebook, using her family photographs on his own page and sending her a friend request.
Graham Sylvester, mitigating, described Greenbury – of Hempstead Close, Thornaby – as a “socially isolated” and “socially inadequate” man who had struggled to accept the breakdown of his friendship with the victim.
He was jailed for a total of 16 months for one count of stalking and two breaches of his restraining order.