Jailed man ha­rassed his ex af­ter hor­ror knife in­ci­dent

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A MAN jailed af­ter chas­ing his ex-girl­friend with a knife started ha­rass­ing her on Face­book ex­actly a year af­ter the hor­ror in­ci­dent.

Richard Dean, 46, from Mac­cles­field was locked up for 20 months af­ter chas­ing her with an eight-inch blade around the gar­den of their home.

Pros­e­cu­tors de­scribed the episode in July last year as like a ‘scene from Psy­cho’.

Dean was re­leased on li­cence in June hav­ing served half of his cus­to­dial sen­tence.

But de­spite the in­def­i­nite re­strain­ing order ban­ning him from con­tact­ing the vic­tim, he started send­ing her mes­sages on Face­book on July 24 – the an­niver­sary of the ter­ri­fy­ing as­sault.

At Crewe mag­is­trates’ court, Dean, of Princess Way, ad­mit­ted ha­rass­ment and breach­ing a re­strain­ing order im­posed by Ch­ester Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 31, 2016.

He was sen­tenced to 26 weeks in pri­son sus­pended for 24 months.

Court doc­u­ments said the rea­son for the sen­tence was be­cause the Face­book ac­count was set up specif­i­cally to con­tact the com­plainant, he had only been re­leased from cus­tody on li­cence in June, and it was a fla­grant breach.

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