11th Jul, 2020

Controlling Coventry man jailed for stalking ex and breaching order

A COVENTRY man who refused to accept a relationship was over sent his former partner a series of abusive, threatening and obscene messages.

And when he was arrested Ranjit Singh elbowed a police officer in the face, a judge at Warwick Crown Court has heard.

Singh (42) of Cherrybrook Way, Bell Green, Coventry, was jailed for 21 months after pleading guilty to stalking, breaching a non-molestation order, and assaulting an emergency worker.

Prosecutor Graeme Simpson said that Debbie Ajit had been in a relationship with Singh for about four years, beginning in 2014, but it was clear it was ‘always a fairly difficult one.’

There were elements of coercion and control, and she constantly had to convince Singh she was not cheating on him.

She tried more than once to end the relationship – and when she finally did so Singh refused to accept it was over, and there were numerous incidents which were reported to the police.

There were ‘multiple incidents of stalking behaviour,’ including turning up at her place of worship, as a result of which she was granted a non-molestation order at the end of January.

But Mr Simpson said: “There followed a number of voice mails left by the defendant which were abusive and threatening and obscene, making threats not only to her, but to her daughter, beginning three days after the order was made.”

In one, Singh said: “I’m going to get you.”

In another he threatened: “I’m going to catch you one day. You can call the ******* police. I’m going to get you one day and rip you apart.”

Further messages followed in which Singh made threats of what he was going to do to her and to her daughter.

When he was arrested at his home ‪on February 11‬, he was ‘obstructive and abusive,’ and elbowed the officer in the face, added Mr Simpson.

The court heard that Singh had previous convictions for domestic violence, with an offence of battery in 2005 and common assault on his former wife in 2007.

Andrew Tucker, defending, said: “One can see that this relationship was one in which he was very dependent on her on many ways. He has a psychological need to be dependent on other people.

“He found it difficult to come to terms with her decision that she did not want the relationship to continue. There were threats, but no suggestion of any actual violence towards her.”

Singh was jailed for 18 months for the offences against Miss Ajit – with a consecutive three-month term for the assault on the officer.

He was also made subject to a restraining order banning him from having any contact with her or her daughter, or going near her home, the Coventry pharmacy where she works, or the church she attends for ten years.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: “This has had a serious impact on the day-to-day activities of Miss Ajit. You pursued a course of conduct which caused her to fear violence from you.

“She had to apply for a non-molestation order. Instead of calming things down, it made them much worse because within three days you were sending her messages.

“Then ‪on the 7th of February‬ you were making a large number of calls, and they were of the most abusive nature. These were things which would cause anyone serious distress.”

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