Game of Thrones actor jailed for harassing former partner - The Leamington Observer

Game of Thrones actor jailed for harassing former partner

Correspondent 6th Mar, 2017   0

A PART-TIME Game of Thrones actor from Leamington has been jailed for persistently breaching court orders to keep away from his former partner – after a judge heard he even contacted her from prison.

Stuart Hawkings, who already had five convictions for 13 offences in relation to his ex-partner, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of breaching court orders.

The 39 year-old of Kenilworth Road, was jailed for eight months for breaching a restraining order and a further eight months for the later breach of a non-molestation order.

Prosecutor Barry McElduff said Hawkings had been in a relationship with Nicola Hayes, with whom he has a young child, since 2010 – and he found it difficult to accept when it ended.

As a result, she took out a non-molestation order against him and, following breaches of that order for which he was given a conditional discharge in January last year, a restraining order was also made.

In June, following further breaches of the orders by driving past her home on a number of occasions and phoning her, he was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence.

That was later activated, together with a further ten weeks, after he breached the orders again within hours of coming out of court, said Mr McElduff.

Hawkings was released from prison at the end of August, but continued to breach the orders, and in November he was jailed again for 12 weeks.

He was due to be released on December 14 but did not even wait until his release to begin contacting her again.

He had obtained access to a phone in prison, and contacted her the day before his release, asking if she was going to let him see his daughter the next day.

The police were notified and, following his release from jail, Hawkings was arrested and granted police bail.

But on December 29 Miss Hayes was contacted by police who informed her Hawkings had been using social media to allege she had been in a relationship with a police officer and making references to killer Raoul Moat.

Because of the perceived threat, she was advised to leave her property that night, which she did with some friends.

As they were going to the car, they saw the defendant driving past the address in his car.

Trevor Meegan, defending, said: “He now has a new partner, and they have a child, a baby boy seven weeks old. He was in prison when that child was born.

“He knows this will only move on once there’s an acceptance from him that he’s got a new life,” Mr Meegan added.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC commented while there was no violence, Hawkings’s conduct became psychological violence.

Jailing Hawkings, Judge Lockhart told him: “I take into account that you have not used violence, and I give you credit for the fact that you had been a law-abiding citizen until the end of this relationship.

“But this was significant offending, and now you have to have a sentence imposed on you that will protect your former partner for a significant period.”

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