A TERRIFIED mum was bombarded with up to 100 threatening phone calls in a day when a career criminal became “obsessed” with her.
Ian Cummings, 53, warned his 28-year-old victim “I am going to do life in prison for you” and said “I’m gong to make such a mess of your face” during a series of disturbing threats.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Cummings had started pestering the woman, who lives in Sunderland, after they spent the night together and started exchanging texts.
Prosecutor Philip Andrews told the court: “The defendant became, what can only be described, as obsessed with this victim.
“He began texting and calling her on numerous occasions, asking her to have a relationship with him and so on.
“When all that was dismissed or not answered, the texts and telephone calls became particularly menacing and threatening with violence. The calls to her, in tone and actual content, were extremely violent and menacing.
“It is estimated there could have been 60 to 100 called in one day of the nature described.”
The court heard Cummings had threatened he would trash his victim’s house during his terror campaign, which lasted over a week last July – and her home did suffer £2,000 worth of damage.
Cummings, of Ethel Terrace, Sunderland, was initially charged with the burglary but the charge was later dropped due to evidential issues.
He pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.
The court heard Cummings has been jailed a staggering 48 times in his criminal career and has previously harassed another partner.
Judge John Milford jailed Cummings for 21 months and banned him from any further contact with his victim under the terms of a restraining order.
The judge said: “She needs to be protected.
“You became obsessed with her and when she did not reciprocate you sent her a mass of deeply unpleasant, threatening, calls and texts, which threatened her with violence.
“It must have been deeply unpleasant for her.”
The judge warned Cummings he could face up to five years behind bars if he tried to contact his victim again.
Tony Hawks, defending, said: “The relationship is over, as far as he is concerned.
“He accepts this came about because he became obsessive about this lady.”
Mr Hawks said Cummings is taking methadone in prison in a bid to beat his 16-year crack cocaine habit.