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James Austin Yarwood was upset when his six year relationship hit a ‘rough patch’, court told.
A man who monitored his ex-partner’s movements using trackers and hidden cameras has pleaded guilty to stalking.
By Derek Bellis
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James Austin Yarwood placed a tracker in her car’s glove compartment and a hidden camera beneath her TV so he could see her sitting on the sofa chatting to a visitor – even though he was at his father’s home in Leicester.
Llandudno magistrates court chairwoman Janet Ellis told the 30-year-old: “We are quite shocked at some of the things we have heard.”
The court heard the 30-year-old monitored the movements of his ex-partner with the aid of electronic devices because he was upset by a “rough patch” in their six-year relationship.
Gareth Parry, prosecuting, said Yarwood had also bombarded the victim with phone calls and texts.
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Yarwood, of Lower Denbigh Road, St Asaph, pleaded guilty to stalking teacher Keilah Stewart at her home at Abergele between May and mid-June and was given a year’s community order.
He must pay his victim £200 compensation and costs of £170, with 100 hours of unpaid work and he must undertake a “building better relationships” programme with the probation service.
But she didn’t want a restraining order so he could maintain contact with two children.
Craig Hutchinson, defending, said Yarwood had a good job with a motor company.
“These were the actions of a desperate man trying to keep his relationship together”, he said.
He added: “There may be a time when the relationship will rekindle. The hope is that everyone will put this behind them.”