High-profile vegan blogger harassed former girlfriend weeks after being released from prison for same offence - The Leamington Observer

High-profile vegan blogger harassed former girlfriend weeks after being released from prison for same offence

Editorial Correspondent 21st Oct, 2019 Updated: 21st Oct, 2019   0

A HIGH-profile vegan blogger obsessed with his former girlfriend breached an order banning him from having any contact with her within weeks of being released from prison.

Kyle O’Sullivan, who is said to have 20,000 social media followers, was subject to an indefinite restraining order when he was jailed for 12 months in February.

The order banned him from having any contact with his ex-girlfriend Catherine Kendall after he admitted harassing her following the break-up of their relationship.

But after his release, O’Sullivan, 29, of Priory View, Leamington Road, Princethorpe, breached the order in June, a judge at Warwick Crown Court has heard.

O’Sullivan, who pleaded guilty to breaching the order and stalking Miss Kendall, was jailed for 16 months.

Judge Anthony Potter warned him: “It is for you to decide whether you want to do something to address this obsessive strain in your personality, otherwise you will be here again and again.”

Prosecutor Charles Crinion, who said O’Sullivan also had a conviction for harassing another ex-partner, said the restraining order was imposed in February when he was jailed following a number of incidents involving Miss Kendall.

Matters were quiet until June when she was visiting a shop in Coventry and O’Sullivan, who was then on licence from his sentence, pulled up in front of her in his car.

He began asking to speak to her, telling her she had ruined his life, calling her a ‘snake’ and demanding to know if she was sleeping with anyone else.

About a week later she began receiving up to 50 calls a day from him, and he followed her around a shop in Coventry in a rage and making insulting comments towards her.

He persuaded her to get into his car to talk, but then drove off erratically, saying they were going to die together, but then calmed down and drove her back.

After that he continued to bombard her with texts and calls, telling her in one of them: “I want to kill myself and it’s all your fault.”

Mr Crinion added in an impact statement Miss Kendall said she had been ‘physically and mentally tortured’ by O’Sullivan before he was jailed in February – and it had continued after his release, with him even making a nasty rap song about her online.

Miss Parkes said that as a result of the original offence O’Sullivan lost custody of his young daughter – and has lost his job since being recalled to prison following the new offences.

She added: “He has been doing well in custody. He knows now he can never have anything to do with this lady again.”

Jailing O’Sullivan, Judge Potter told him: “It appears from your actions you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how to behave to other individuals.

“This is not the first time you have been before the court for breaching court orders, or for harassment. You have a strain of obsession when it comes to others you have had a romantic attachment to.”

Judge Potter pointed out that because O’Sullivan had been recalled to continue serving his previous sentence, his time on remand will not count towards the period he has to serve.

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