Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

'Nomadic' man jailed over six-week campaign of harassment

A "nomadic" man was jailed today for subjecting a Belfast woman who befriended him to a six-week campaign of harassment.

Jason Anpomah must serve three months behind bars for repeatedly turning up at her home and trying to get in.

He was also convicted of having an extendable baton weapon when searched by police.

A judge further imposed a 12-month restraining order after being told how the woman had feared for her and her child.

The 21-year-old, with an address at Kimberly Street, Belfast, is already in custody for other unrelated offences.

He was arrested in the Sunnyside Drive area of the city in January following claims by a woman that she was being pestered.

Belfast Magistrates' Court also heard how Anpomah first introduced himself to her in the street, asking how he could get accommodation and money.

Prosecutors said he then started calling regularly at the woman's home.

On one occasion she felt sorry for him and brought him in for tea or coffee before asking him to leave.

"She became worried for the safety of her and her son," a prosecution lawyer said.

Anpomah continued to turn up and attempt to gain access, the court heard.

Defence barrister Conn O'Neill claimed his client had got the wrong idea when first invited in.

"He misread that and he has soured that relationship," he said.

Mr O'Neill described the defendant as having led "a nomadic existence", adding that he will remain in jail until May for another, unspecified offence.

Anpomah pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and harassment between December 22 and February 7.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall imposed concurrent three month prison sentences for both offences.

She also banned him from going near the victim, or making any phone contact, for the next 12 months.

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