Gravesend man jailed after ‘campaign of harassment’

A Gravesend man has been jailed for a campaign of harassment against a woman, after he breaking a restraining order twice.

Nigel Bundock, 37, of Freeman Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a restraining order and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 2 September.

Prior to the offences in this particular case coming to light, police said Bundock had a history of abusive behaviour against his victim and was made the subject of the restraining order. He had also previously received a two-month suspended sentence for breaching the order.

Despite continually being told not to contact her, between October 26 and 29 in 2019, he sent more than 250 unwanted text messages.

Some of the messages expressed jealousy that his victim was friends with another man and in one of them he threatened to harm himself in a bid to manipulate her into responding.

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He also tried to coerce her into conversation by saying he had bought her a dog.

Kent Police intervened upon receiving a report he had breached his restraining order and charged him for the offence.

Detective Constable Mark Penny, an investigating officer for the case, said: “Bundock repeatedly failed to comply with orders instructing him not to contact the victim of this case and subjected her to a considerable amount of distress in the process.

“He knew the impact his messages were having and went to great lengths to try and manipulate her into responding to him.

“His actions were alarming and entirely unacceptable and, after repeatedly failing to comply with instructions, it is clear that a prison sentence is appropriate.

“This type of offending should not tolerated by anyone and I would encourage anyone affected by a similar issue to report it to us so we can provide support and help them pursue justice.”

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