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Teenager jailed for sending over 120 threatening messages to woman

A man who bombarded a woman with more than 120 threatening messages and threatened to distribute intimate pictures of her online has been locked up. 

Connor Patterson, 19, repeatedly contacted the victim against her wishes as well as threatening violence.

He sent her a total of 127 threatening and abusive messages causing her significant distress.

Patterson, formerly of Newcastle Avenue, Worksop, pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence through harassment and threatening to distribute private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress.

He was jailed for two years for the harassment offence and handed a six-month sentence, to be served concurrently, for the other charge when he was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday (3 November 2021).

Inspector Dan Holloway, from Nottinghamshire Police’s Public Protection team, said: “Patterson clearly had no regard whatsoever for how serious his offending was and the harmful impact his appalling behaviour had on the victim who felt anxious and scared.

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“The police and the courts have a duty of care to protect vulnerable victims from violence and threats of violence. We treat reports of this nature incredibly seriously, listen to victims and investigate.

“I would like to praise this woman for her courage in coming forward and I hope it brings her some comfort that Patterson has been brought to justice.”

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