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Wrexham man who harassed disabled ex-girlfriend sent down

Published date: 16 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN called his disabled ex-girlfriend an unpleasant name and put her in fear after the break-up of their six week relationship, a court heard.

Scott Dale Williams, 41, of Hill Court, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to harassment and to criminal damage.

David Mainstone, prosecuting at Mold Crown Court, said Stephanie Butterton ended her short relationship with Williams in August.

After suffering a stroke, the mother-of-five had been left with a disability which made her feel physically unable to defend herself.

But Williams had visited her home at Bryn Hafod, Wrexham in August, uninvited, had a meal with her and then stayed the night.

There was an argument, he lost his temper and smashed items on a bedroom window sill, the court heard. He continued being aggressive towards her and even threatened that he could “smash her head against the wall” in front of two of her teenage daughters.

He was arrested and warned by police not to contact Ms Butterton again, but on November 10 she was at home when her bedroom window was smashed and she saw Williams cycling away.

The next day she was at home with her five children, her mother and her brother and his girlfriend when Williams barged into her home and told them they were all ‘for it’ and he was abusive to Ms Butterton.

Her brother followed him out and tried to reason with him but Williams threatened him and later that night he found two holes in his windows at home.

Stephanie Butterton said in a statement that was very nervous and lived in fear of Williams because he had ignored police demands that he stay away from her and he knew “all her routines”.

Steven Edwards, defending, said: “He is remorseful and shameful of his appalling and nasty behaviour and now accepts the relationship is over.” Although he was prone to violent and erratic behaviour, there was another side to him.

His ex-partner of many years had written a letter to the court in his support and he had been a good father to his own two daughters.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “This was unpleasant, bullying behaviour against a vulnerable individual.

“You were in a short-lived relationship with a vulnerable individual who has health problems. She ended that relationship and you were unhappy about it.

“You walked into her home and shouted threats at her family and called her an unpleasant name.”

He sentenced Williams to a total of 37 weeks in prison and imposed an indefinite restraining order on him not to contact Ms Butterton or enter Bryn Hafod.

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