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WA stalker jailed for more than four years

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016

A serial stalker who terrorised his ex-girlfriend, her friends and her family has been jailed for four years and five months.

Gregory Allan Ford, 41, had been separated from the woman for several months when he went to her house in September last year, kicked his way inside through a door and assaulted one of her friends.

Ford punched him repeatedly in the head, then picked him up, turned him upside down and dropped him on his head while yelling "I will f***ing kill you".

Six days later, Ford returned to the property, smashing eight windows and throwing a rock so hard through one of them it embedded itself in a wall.

The woman was so scared she stayed at her mother's house, sleeping in the lounge area with a friend so they could watch out for Ford on CCTV, having installed a camera outside the property for that sole purpose.

He turned up three days later in the early hours of the morning, banging on the roller shutter door and sending her threatening text messages while she called police.

A week later, Ford sent abusive messages to the woman's son, including one that said: "Hug your mum cos there ain't going to be much left of her when I finish."

Another said: "I shoot the lot of you."

District Court of Western Australia Judge Linda Petrusa said Ford's campaign of terror against the woman was prolonged, persistent and degrading.

Being a mature-aged man, he didn't have the excuse of youth, she said.

"You showed no regard or respect for her or her property or the property or person of her family and friends," Judge Petrusa said.

"The extent of the harm you've caused to her isn't limited to the physical damage matters. Her victim impact statement speaks of the financial and emotional cost to her and her children.

"She and her children now live in fear of your return."

The court heard his ex-wife and other former partners in other Australian states had secured violence restraining orders against him.

Ford must serve two years and five months behind bars before he will be eligible for parole.

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