A 46-year-old Notts man has been sentenced to six years, three months in prison following a series of violent and malicious attacks on a woman.
Harry Wilshire, formerly of Sand Lane in Besthorpe, Nottinghamshire, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 1 February 2019) having previously pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm, false imprisonment, stalking by putting a woman in fear of violence, arson being reckless as to endangering life and possession of a shotgun without license.
Wilshire first subjected his victim to a violent attack where he kicked, beat her and falsely imprisoned her in her own home. She tried to barricade herself in the bathroom but he broke the door down and left her with bruising and swelling to her body and head.
He then embarked on a stalking campaign over a prolonged period of time where he followed the woman and monitored her movements, social media accounts and contact with others. He damaged her car three times by slashing tyres and breaking windows, cutting the oil pipe to her central heating system leaving her with little heat through the winter. He also cut off her home electrics and made a fake Facebook profile to send her threats as well as trying to report her for offences she hadn’t committed.
He then set fire to the victim’s car in the early hours of the morning whilst it was parked on the driveway of a friend’s house. There were seven children in bed following a sleepover.
Wilshire was arrested after this incident and charged the following day. A shotgun was found during searches and he admitted to the shotgun possession offence but maintained his innocence on all other offences throughout the case until the first day of the trial.
As well as the prison sentence, Wilshire was also given a ten-year restraining order.
Detective Inspector Gareth Harding said: “Wilshire is a nasty, violent and manipulative individual who wanted to make people’s lives as miserable as possible. We’re glad that he has been held to account for his crimes and is now serving a lengthy prison sentence. We’d like to thank the victim, her family and friends for their bravery and support throughout this case. We hope that they can now move forward and live their lives.
This has been a long and complex investigation. My team and in particular, the officer in the case, have worked tirelessly to bring all of the evidence together and secure this positive result. We hope it encourages anyone suffering similar abuse to come forward and report it to us as soon as possible so we can protect them and their loved ones.”