A SPURNED husband has been put behind bars for pestering his ex – more than eight years after their break-up.
Tony Hall was banned from contacting Teresa Hall after she was granted a non-molestation order by magistrates in 2013, ordering him to stay away.
The 47-year-old was given a suspended sentence last year for continuing to try to get in touch.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, he was jailed for 25 weeks after trying to get messages to her through a family member and approaching her during a shopping trip to Asda while subject to the suspended term.
Hall, of St. Luke’s Road, Sunderland, had admitted three further breaches of the non-molestation order.
Judge John Milford QC told him: “Your wife requires protection from you.”
The judge made a new restraining order banning Hall from any contact with his ex for the next five years.
Judge Milford told him: “You are unpredictable, we cannot have any possible risk of you approaching your wife at all.
“The persistent breaches in this case have elevated it to the highest category.”
Mrs Hall had told police in a victim impact statement; “All I ever wanted is my life back. Terry is obsessed.
“In all honesty, I cannot understand why he can’t just let me go.”
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court Hall had asked his niece to convey messages to his ex last August, when he knew any contact was banned and he was already on the suspended sentence order.
He wanted his ex to know he thought of them as “soulmates” and said he needed to cuddle her.
During the campaign, he was caught within a 50m boundary of his ex’s house, from which he was banned.
And he was caught on CCTV approaching her while she was shopping in Asda.
Mr Bunch said: “The two had been separated for now in excess of eight years, but because of the defendant’s ongoing conduct towards her she saw fit to seek a non-molestation order by the county court.
“The contact ongoing eight years after the separation is something causing a great deal of upset.”
Vic Laffey, defending, said there has been no further trouble since the breaches last August.
Mr Laffey added; “He has had problems with regard to the separation.”