Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stalker Jailed for Manslaughter in Landmark Ruling; VICTIM LEFT NOTE SAYING: 'I HAVE RUN OUT OF FIGHT'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stalker Jailed for Manslaughter in Landmark Ruling; VICTIM LEFT NOTE SAYING: 'I HAVE RUN OUT OF FIGHT'

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Byline: FELICITY COLLINSON newsdesk@trinitymirror.com @EveningGazette

A STALKER whose ex-girlfriend committed suicide after his campaign of harassment has been jailed for manslaughter in a historic legal first.

Nicholas Allen, 47, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge and a string of stalking offences after his former partner - who had fled to a Middlesbrough women's refuge - hanged herself.

A note left by her body simply read: "I have run out of fight."

Allen was jailed for 10 years on Friday in a case described by the judge as "unchartered waters" for British law.

The court heard former soldier and mechanic Allen, from Rugeley, Staffs, stalked his ex relentlessly after they split up.

Allen began a relationship with the woman, in September 2015, after they met at an event in the West Midlands.

Their relationship broke down after she told him she had previously been raped by two men.

She refused to reveal their identities and Allen became obsessive about discovering their names and even set up an 'investigation room.'.

Clearly she should serious ' He took her keys and money and trapped her in rooms in the house where they lived, even threatening to put a tracker on her vehicle.

Judge Chambers He also relentlessly stalked and contacted her family and friends using fake email addresses and social media profiles.

The stalking got so bad that the woman, from Stafford, fled last year to the Middlesbrough refuge.

He was served with a non-molestation order, which he promptly breached by contacting her again.

The court heard that he called her 3,473 times between September and February.

He left 319 voicemails which were described as of "threatening or abusive content", and on one occasion messaged her 300 times in a day.

She was forced to change her mobile phone number five times in the month before her death.

He was arrested, but the following month she was forced to hire a solicitor after Allen refused to leave her home.

When she moved back to Stafford in 2017, Allen tracked her down and banged on her windows until she agreed to go to a pub with him, where he begged her to take him back. …

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