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Man jailed for harassment of Harrow woman
A "remorseless" former lover has been jailed for conducting a ‘campaign of harassment’ against a woman with whom he previously had a relationship.
Lee Childs, 45, of Thomas Chapman Grove, Northampton, was today sentenced to five months in prison at Harrow Crown Court for the harassment of his ex-partner from Harrow.
The court heard how between August and December 2012, Childs had harassed his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with phone messages and online.
He had also attempted to discredit her business and had signed up to social media websites under a false name to contact her.
Childs pleaded guilty to the offences but denied more serious elements including referring the victim to social services and producing fake business cards claiming the victim was a prostitute.
However His Honour Judge Graham Arran dismissed Childs' claims and said the jilted lover had committed the acts.
In August last year, Childs contacted Harrow social services claiming the victim’s children were not safe in her care.
Police found that on Childs' internet history he visited the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's webpage giving advice about how to report cases.
He denied the claim and said he had only visited the sites as part of research for his marketing business.
Childs also denied he had made the business cards stating the victim was a prostitute, which resulted in her being contacted by would-be clients.
However the Judge dismissed his denial and ruled that he had committed those two offences.
He said: “It is totally inconceivable that someone else would be carrying out these acts during the same time period you were carrying out this campaign.”
Following Childs' evidence, the judge said: “It is clear he is totally without remorse for what he has done.”
“This was a campaign of spite and malice against someone who had rejected you. This was a campaign of harassment which caused great distress.”
Childs was sentenced to five months' imprisonment for harassment, and one month, to run concurrently, for possession of a machete, which police found in his car when he was arrested in December last year.
Detective Constable Janine Stevenson of Harrow Police said: "This calculated and extremely vindictive campaign of harassment invented by Childs was relentless.
“The victim and her young children were all subjected to many months of worry and fearing for their personal safety.
“I am very pleased to see that justice has now been done and will hopefully be a deterrent to anybody else who decides to embark on this type of spiteful behaviour.”