A JILTED college student took pictures of his ex-girlfriend’s house, crept up behind her and shouted ‘boo!' after she finished with him.
George McLachrie, aged 19, admitted harassment without violence when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The court was told that he harassed Malissa Buarsi between April 28 and May 1 by ‘startling’ her and taking a picture of her home and posting it on social media.
Adrian Jones, prosecuting, said the pair had been in a relationship between November last year and February of this year, but after the relationship ended McLachrie continued to contact her despite being told his contact was unwelcome.
He turned up at her place of work and home address and was given a warning (harassment notice) by police on March 19 and was warned again over the telephone on April 29.
Mr Jones said: “On April 30 the defendant walked by behind the complainant at Foregate Street train station and said ‘boo!’ causing her to be startled and upset.”
He also took a picture of the back of her house in Ledbury in the dark which was posted on Snapchat with the caption ‘I can’t see you’.
Mr Jones said: “This caused the complainant to be fearful for her safety.”
In police interview McLachrie said he understood it was harassment and that he did it to ‘wind up the complainant’s friend’, and had not been diagnosed with any form of mental illness.
Amer Hussain, defending, said the IT student, of Spion Kop, Pinvin, near Pershore, had no experience of the criminal justice system and had no previous convictions.
He said the issue was complicated by the fact that both attended the Heart of Worcestershire College (formerly Worcester College of Technology).
Mr Hussain said: “There have been no further com - plaints of any further behaviour. He has not engaged with her and hasn’t sent her any text messages.
“He is beginning to make the adjustment that the relationship has come to its natural conclusion.
“He describes it as being his first significant relationship, his first significant girlfriend. He has altered his behaviour.”
District judge Nigel Cadbury said he would take into account the defendant’s early guilty plea and that it was the first time he had been before a court, but said he had continued with his pattern of behaviour for ‘just a bit too long’.
He gave him a conditional discharge for two years, and a restraining order was also put in place, also for two years, which stipulates he must not contact the complainant directly or indirectly and not go within half a mile of her home.
McLachrie was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.