Woman ha­rassed ex’s new girl­friend

Macclesfield Express - - BY-ELECTION PREVIEW - STU­ART GREER

A2 0 - Y E AR- O L D woman launched an 18-month cam­paign of ha­rass­ment against her ex-boyfriend’s new lover.

Danika France tar­geted Molly Bur­rows at her home, work and in pub­lic af­ter she started dat­ing her ex Matthew Shack­ley, a court heard.

France tor­mented the re­tail-as­sis­tant where she worked at Boots on Mill Street, Mac­cles­field, to the ex­tent that she was banned from the store.

She also threat­ened her, posted a mes­sage about her on so­cial me­dia, and in­tim­i­dated the vic­tim by fol­low­ing her on a driv­ing les­son.

The cam­paign left Ms Bur­rows ‘scared’ and ‘con­stantly on edge’ and put her re­la­tion­ship with Mr Shack­ley un­der ‘strain’.

France, of Brunswick Hill, Mac­cles­field, de­nied ha­rass­ment but was found guilty af­ter a trial.

Mag­is­trates sen­tenced her to eight weeks in prison, sus­pended for 12 months.

The bench said that the of­fence was ‘sus­tained and pro­longed’ and was ‘se­ri­ous’ be­cause of a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion from 2015 when she was spared prison af­ter post­ing a ‘re­venge porn’ style video on so­cial me­dia of a friend hav­ing sex.

At Stock­port mag­is­trates court on Tues­day, Kate Gaskell, pros­e­cut­ing, said the vic­tim had never met France un­til their paths crossed on De­cem­ber 31, 2014.

She said: “Ms Bur­rows and Mr Shack­ley were at Pizza Hut in Mac­cles­field when France walked past. France came into the restau­rant and said ‘ Don’t look at me or I will bat­ter your pretty lit­tle face’.”

The court heard that France be­gan vis­it­ing Ms Bur­rows at work just to laugh at her, but they ‘got worse and more fre­quent’.

Ms Gaskell said: “On one oc­ca­sion France called her a ‘f****** s****’ prompt­ing cus­tomers to chal­lenge her. Af­ter a visit in May 2016 the man­ager de­cided to ban France from the store.”

The court heard that in April 2016 Ms Bur­rows was learn­ing to drive with her sis­ter on Park Lane when France ap­peared in a car be­hind. Ms Gaskell said: “France fol­lowed her and was hold­ing up her phone as if to video her. She was re­peat­edly flash­ing her lights in an at­tempt to in­tim­i­date her.”

The court heard that Ms Bur­row later found her car ‘keyed’ in her drive, but France de­nied be­ing re­spon­si­ble.

Ms Gaskell said: “Look­ing at pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions there is a pat­tern that sug­gests she ‘gets back’ at peo­ple.

“This vic­tim was caught in the cross fire.”

Saskia Ab­bot, de­fend­ing France, an out-of­work carer, has now apol­o­gised for the anx­i­ety she caused.

She said: “Ms France be­lieves she is a good per­son, but some­times finds it dif­fi­cult to act in the right man­ner.”

France was also sen­tenced to 40 hours un­paid work and 15 days re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity.

Danika France, 20, avoided jail for ha­rass­ment

Mayor Alift Hare­wood-Jones is pic­tured with the cake, con­sort Peter Jones and Oak Fur­ni­ture Land store man­ager Kevin Leach

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