An abusive boyfriend breached a restraining order banning him from going to his ex’s home within 24 hours of his release from jail.
Ross Goulding, 39, was caught on CCTV prowling around the back of the woman’s home in Wantage on October 7, Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard. The camera had been installed by support workers after Goulding was jailed in July for attacking her and a police officer.
In a victim personal statement, the woman described Goulding as a ‘violent, dangerous, nasty man’ and said she had been subjected to repeated beatings during their three year relationship. “I put all of my trust and faith in him and now I feel crushed,” she said.
The painter and decorator claimed he’d gone round to the house to pick up a stereo he’d left in a Wendy house in the garden.
But the explanation found little favour with the magistrates. Jailing the Grove man for eight weeks, chairman of the bench Ray Cross said: “What concerns us is you came out of prison for a very serious offence against this same victim and within 24 hours you went round to where she lives.”
Earlier, prosecutor Ben May told the court that Goulding had sent a series of bizarre Facebook messages to his ex-partner’s new boyfriend. The man, a former good friend of the defendant, was told ‘see you soon’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ and ordered to pay back money Goulding claimed he owed.
In a Facebook ‘story’, the defendant quoted lyrics from rapper Stormzy’s Top 40 hit ‘Shut Up’, including the line: “Back up dancer, you ain’t even lord of your own yard.”
He was said by his ex to have been fond of the song, sometimes attacking her after listening to the tune.
Mr May said the woman, who saw the Facebook messages when she was at her new partner’s house, returned to her own home together with support workers. She saw a gate that had been left closed was now open and, in a panic, called the police. Goulding could be seen on CCTV footage walking in the back garden.
Goulding, of Tubbs Close, Grove, pleaded guilty on Saturday to breaching a restraining order.
Mitigating, Leanne Ballato said her client had ‘simply wanted his stuff back’. He’d seen a stereo and other possessions through the window of a Wendy house in the garden and had resolved to come back later to retrieve them.
The defendant was ordered to pay £213 in costs and surcharge. A restraining order remains in force banning him from contacting his former partner or going to any property where he believes her to be.
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