Teenage lover’s texts terrify married woman
A TEENAGER embarked on a terrifying campaign of harassment when his married lover ended their affair, a court heard.
Alexander Horsford, 18, of Speldhurst Close, Stanhope, bombarded Cheryl Whybrow with text messages and telephone calls, Maidstone Crown Court heard on Monday.
During one “unpleasant” incident Mrs Whybrow answered her telephone to hear Horsford saying to others: “Let’s pretend it’s Cheryl and rip its arms and legs off one by one.”
On another occasion, and just minutes after being released on bail by the police, he could be heard in a neighbouring garden to Mrs Whybrow’s home on the estate threatening her.
Horsford, who still lives just a few yards from Mrs Whybrow, admitted an offence of harassment between July 31 and September 9 last year when he appeared at an earlier hearing.
He denied a second charge of witness intimidation and this was left on file.
Sentencing him to nine months in jail, suspended for 18 months, Judge Jeremy Carey described Horsford’s behaviour as obsessional.
He told him: “You caused Mrs Whybrow to be justifiably very afraid of you by your behaviour. It was intimidating, it was terrifying and you should be ashamed of yourself.”
As part of his sentence Horsford, who spent 147 days on remand, must be supervised by the probation service for 18 months and undertake 100 hours unpaid work.
The teenager was also made subject to a restraining order preventing him from contacting or communicating with the Whybrows.
Prosecutor Edmund Birge said Horsford and Mrs Whybrow began their affair in June last year but it ended two months later when she told her husband, Richard.
“She made it very clear she did not wish to have further contact with the defendant,” said Mr Birge.
However, Horsford, the court heard, found that difficult to accept and began sending her text messages, stating in one that if he couldn’t have her: “Richard couldn’t either.”
On August 19, Mrs Whybrow called the police and Horsford was told not to contact Mrs Whybrow and to keep away from her.
Mr Birge said Horsford continued sending her up to 12 texts a day and standing outside her house for hours on end.
He said Horsford’s behaviour then became “slightly more aggressive and sinister”, with name-calling, attempts by him to provoke Mr Whybrow into a fight and texts threatening to get Mrs Whybrow.
Horsford was arrested on September 8 and he told police he had been trying to contact Mrs Whybrow because he believed she was pregnant and the baby might be his.
He was released on bail but rearrested later that same evening after making threats against Mrs Whybrow from a neighbouring garden.
Victoria Ailes, defending, described Horsford as immature.