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Stalker jailed for three months

A Paget man was today sentenced to three months in prison after he admitted stalking a woman over the course of a week.

Toronto Darrell, 46, of Middle Road, called and sent text messages to Diana Smith to such an extent she eventually sought help from the Centre For Abuse, prosecutor Garrett Byrne told the court.

The two had been dating for “around ten months” according to Darrell's lawyer, Marc Daniels, but on July 17 Ms Smith told Darrell she no longer wanted to see him.

For the next week Darrell would proceed to stalk Ms Smith, calling her more than two dozen times, waiting for her outside her workplace, and showing up at her residence and banging on her door.

After ignoring his calls and requesting he leave her alone, Ms Smith went as far as changing her number”, said Mr Byrne.

But after being contacted on her new number and being threatened, Ms Smith began fearing for her and her child's safety and contacted the Centre For Abuse seeking help.

Darrell was later arrested and admitted to police that he would call Ms Smith “periodically,”, said Mr Byrne.

Despite appeals from Mr Daniels for a non-custodial sentence, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner jailed Darrell for three months for the offence.

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Published July 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm (Updated July 25, 2014 at 9:53 am)

Stalker jailed for three months

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