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Spurned lover is caged for campaign of harassment

PUBLISHED: 16:14 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 12 August 2010

A JILTED boyfriend who bombarded his ex with texts and forced his way into her flat to threaten her has been jailed for two and a half years. Dean Bevan, 21,

A JILTED boyfriend who bombarded his ex with texts and forced his way into her flat to threaten her has been jailed for two and a half years.

Dean Bevan, 21, of Turpington Lane, Bromley, couldn't accept the break-up with his girlfriend Leanne Carty and he started a campaign of harassment against her, Croydon Crown Court heard on Monday.

Prosecutor Nicholas Bleaney said that the harassment gradually escalated and this, together with an unconnected burglary, earned him a spell in jail. During one incident, Bevan arrived at Miss Carty's home in Bulmer Court, Henderson Road, Biggin Hill, on February 27 and kept banging on the window.

She eventually opened the door to him and he pushed past her into her flat.

Mr Bleaney said: "He snatched a phone from her and smashed it on the floor and pushed her to the ground."

He left but he phoned her to say he had taken money from her bag. When she checked she discovered that £28 was missing.

She went to stay with friends because she was too frightened to remain at home but, on March 2, she decided to return to collect some belongings, and was waiting at a bus stop when he walked up to her.

Mr Bleaney added: "He grabbed her and said: 'Watch out for tonight'. She screamed and a passer-by told him to let her go, which he did."

Later, he punched a window of her friend's house and smashed it.

Mr Bleaney said: "He said he would burn down her flat. Police were called but he had gone by the time they arrived."

A non-molestation order was made against on March 26 at Bromley County Court, but he continued texting and phoning her throughout a weekend.

And there were threats that he would smash all her windows and petrol-bomb her flat.

At one stage, he lunged at her and punched her.

He was arrested on April 1 and claimed that, far from assaulting her, they had had sex together.

Defending, Frances Coles-Harrington said it had been a volatile relationship, but he had now learned the hard away and he no longer wanted anything more to do with Miss Carty. Recorder Daphne Wickham, made a restraining order against Bevan, who pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment and one of an unconnected burglary.

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