Stalker tracked ex-girlfriend to hotel and booked room next door

Stalker
James Robinson, 32, would turn up unexpectedly at his victim’s home (Picture: Northamptonshire Police/SWNS)

An obsessive stalker planted hidden cameras in his ex’s home during a nightmare campaign of harassment that went on for five months.

James Robinson, 32, would turn up unexpectedly at the victim’s home and workplace last year.

On one occasion, he followed her to a hotel in Northampton where she was staying with a friend, and booked himself into a room next door.

When she reported Robinson to police, they discovered he had hidden digital devices in her home to listen to and record her conversations.

­Robinson, of Northampton, admitted stalking involving fear of violence, causing actual bodily harm against the woman and common assault.

He was jailed for four years and given a ten-year restraining order at Northampton crown court.

PC Thomas Rosignoli said: ‘The woman in this case has shown great bravery in standing up to Robinson and reporting his awful actions to us.

‘I hope the conclusion of this case allows her some closure and an opportunity to move on and hopefully find someone who will treat her well, as she deserves.

‘To hide a camera in someone’s home is a gross invasion of their privacy and the level of stalking involved in this case has thankfully been reflected in the length of the sentence handed out.

He added: ‘If you are affected by domestic abuse, please have confidence in reporting it to us – we will listen, we will believe you, and we will support you throughout our investigation.’



Domestic abuse helpline

If you are in immediate danger call 999. If you cannot talk, dial 55 and the operator will respond.

For emotional support, you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Alternatively, for practical and emotional support, please contact Women’s Aid Live Chat 10am – 6pm seven days a week.

You can also reach the National Centre for Domestic Violence on 0800 270 9070 or text NCDV to 60777.

For free and confidential advice and support for women in London affected by abuse, you can call Solace on 0808 802 5565 or email advice@solacewomensaid.org.

Male victims of domestic abuse can call 01823 334244 to speak to ManKind, an initiative available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence across the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.

Alternatively, the Men’s Advice Line can be reached at 0808 8010327, or emailed at info@mensadviceline.org.uk.

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