An obsessed weirdo has been jailed for stalking a complete stranger he "fell in love with" at his local Wetherspoons.
Kevin Prisk, 58, tried to blackmail his victim by threatening to tell social services her child was being abused if she didn’t respond to him, and turned up at her partner’s house armed with a knife and taser.
Prisk appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced for affray and stalking.
Prosecuting the case, Francesca Whebell described how in August of last year the couple who are the victims in this case were at St Austell Wetherspoon pub with friends when they were introduced to Prisk.
They were all chatting when Prisk sat staring the woman up and down, making her feel so uncomfortable she went home.
A few days later, reports Cornwall Live, the victim received a social media friend request and subsequent messages from Prisk, even though she made clear she was in a relationship. Despite the declaration the bombardment of messages continued, one of which said: "I'm off my nut but I think I’ve fallen for you."
The victim thought the messages were weird given she’d only briefly met Prisk. He told her he’d look after her and that he’d find her a place to live.
Over the following days Prisk continued to try to telephone, video call and message the victim, but when she didn’t reply threatened to tell the authorities she and her partner had shaken her child.
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Then, while the female victim was away, her partner was at home with friends when he heard noise and saw Prisk appear through the door.
He was wearing a knuckle duster and had what appeared to be a Taser. He said “who wants to die” and the terrified occupants sought refuge in the locked bathroom before Prisk and friends, who were believed to be armed with machetes, left.
Despite this terrifying ordeal the messages to the woman continued along with threats to kill her partner. Prisk also posted his picture on Facebook saying he was a paedophile.
Messages went on throughout September until Prisk was arrested.
He told police the woman’s partner took his phone. Then, in February of this year, the woman received another message from Prisk saying: "Hey babe. Kev. What you doing tonight?"
Representing Prisk, Ryan Murray said: 'Heroin has been his vice in life and he has been proactive in combating his addiction, engaging with the services. Drugs have been part and parcel of his life for quite some time."
Sentencing Prisk, Judge Anna Richardson described the period of offending as "terrifying" and described how Prisk even found out she was being evicted and told her he was going to rent her house.
She added: "You have a significant and very poor record but there is a long break in your offending, having been out of trouble since 2011. Your life has been dominated by drug problems you developed at a young age and you have taken steps to address your addiction."
Given the prospect of rehabilitation, Prisk was given a 46-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He must complete a drug rehabilitation requirement and be subject of a three month 7pm to 7am curfew. A five-year restraining order was also put in place.
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