Framlingham: Man jailed for driving after pregnant ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend
PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 June 2011 | UPDATED: 12:05 09 June 2011
A FRAMLINGHAM man who drove after his pregnant former girlfriend and her new partner to scare them has been jailed for seven months.
Adam Burrows was the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting Monica Thomas when he pulled in front of a Mercedes driven by her new partner causing him to brake, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Burrows had then driven his Subaru very close to the rear of the Mercedes and at times close to the side of the vehicle, said Rex Bryan, prosecuting.
He said Burrows’ actions had frightened the occupants of the Mercedes, which included Burrows’ young son.
Burrows, 26, of Danforth Drive, Framlingham, admitted acting in breach of a restraining order and was jailed for seven months and banned from driving for 18 months.
Sentencing him, Judge Rupert Overbury described the breach of the restraining order as “flagrant” and said his behaviour could have caused an accident.
“She (Miss Thomas) was pregnant at the time and you knew it,” said the judge. He said the restraining order had been made in February last year and the incident the court had heard about took place in October. Although the couple had been reconciled, by October 15 Miss Marsh had not wanted anything to do with Burrows and was in a relationship with someone else.
“You took it upon yourself when you saw them driving near to where you live to go after them in your car,” said Judge Overbury. “It seems to me the sole reason you wanted to do that was to scare them.”
He said at the time Burrows had felt frustrated with Miss Marsh because he hadn’t seen his son for three or four weeks and there was an element of revenge in his actions. He said Burrows had a history of behaving in a harassing way particularly towards women he had been in a relationship with.
Craig Marchant, for Burrows, said although his driving was bad it had not been dangerous and following the incident Burrows had sent Miss Marsh a text to apologise and to say he accepted their relationship was over.
He said the decision by Miss Marsh and her new partner to drive past Burrows’ home was to some extent provocative.