A MAN who sent a condom as a gift to a woman he had been stalking has been given a suspended prison sentence and issued with a restraining order.
Michael Frew, 38, of Darwin Court, Exeter, pursued a course of conduct between March 31 and November 24 which amounted to the harassment of a person in that he regularly waited at her place of work, engaged in unwanted conversation, made approaches of a sexual nature and provided unwanted gifts including a condom.
He pleaded guilty and was committed to prison for 16 weeks suspended for 18 months.
The offence was deemed to be serious as it was planned and committed on bail, involved stalking a victim, and previous offences were recorded against him regarding other women.
The suspended sentence order has requirements which include attending a mental health programme. A restraining order was also made which will prevent him from contacting the victim by any means, following her or being within 100 metres of her.
An application has been made for sexual offences prevention order and this matter was adjourned until February 18.