A ONE-TIME Game of Thrones actor has been jailed once again for persistently breaching court orders to keep away from his former partner and her south Warwickshire home.
And as Stuart Hawkins was led from the dock at Warwick Crown Court to begin an 18-month sentence, his longest yet, he turned to the judge and protested: “I just want to be a father.”
The 40-year-old, of no fixed address, but previously of Kenilworth Road, Leamington, had pleaded guilty to two charges of harassment in breach of a restraining order.
Prosecutor Graeme Simpson said Hawkins and his ex-partner with whom he had a daughter who was born in 2014, had been in a relationship for about seven years, but split up in early 2016.
Hawkins could not accept it had ended, and as a result his former partner took out a non-molestation order preventing him from contacting her or going to her home in Shipston.
Within a very short period of time, he had breached the order, and in March 2016 he was given a conditional discharge by magistrates who also imposed a restraining order.
But from then to October last year there were repeated breaches of the restraining order, with six further convictions and punishments increasing from suspended sentences to jail terms of ten weeks, 12 weeks and 16 months.
Hawkins, who the court heard at an earlier hearing spent half the year in Belfast, working as an actor on the hit TV series Game of Thrones, made threats to remove his daughter from the jurisdiction of the courts.
And on Facebook he threatened to ‘do a Raoul Moat’ and harm any police officer who tried to prevent him.
Mr Simpson said the latest breaches of the order took place on his ex partner’s birthday last month, when she received numerous calls from him.
There were further calls the next day, and she then saw Hawkins driving slowly past her home in Shipston in his van.
By the time of his arrest, he had made a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period – but when he was questioned he gave ‘a cock-and-bull account’ of his phone having been stolen.
Niall Skinner, defending, said: “He gets very, very frustrated with the predicament he’s in. That is no excuse to continually breach the orders, which he has accepted and has always pleaded guilty.
“He misses his daughter. That’s what started all this. He loves his daughter and he wants contact with her.”
He added Hawkins now had ‘a very good job’ earning £25,000 a year with HS2, and had accommodation in Southam and in Leicester, but ‘knows he’s going to go to prison for this.’
Jailing Hawkins, Judge Peter Cooke said he believed him to be “a thoroughly obsessive” individual.
He added: “I regard the harm and distress you caused to be very serious, and she (his ex partner) has the on-going belief that when you are released you would seek to abduct your daughter.”