Chilling texts and Google searches of jealous boyfriend who stalked ex

A jealous boyfriend mounted a terrifying stalking campaign against his girlfriend when he wrongly thought she was cheating on him, a court heard.

Truck driver Michael Blake, 36, cut up the 27-year-old's clothing and dumped her watch and jewellery in apple juice when he flew into a rage.

During one temper tantrum Blake, from Manchester, sent her pictures of one of her jumpers with the sleeve missing, and her laptop in the bath.

She also got a message from the dad-of-one saying: ''I know you're with someone. He's staying in a hotel nearby.''

The victim got home to find herself locked out and later discovered one of her dresses had also been destroyed, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The woman broke off the couple's 17 month relationship but was bombarded with junk emails and cold calls from PPI firms and loan companies after Blake made a series of online applications in her name. He also rang her 76 times in one day.

Police later seized Blake's phone and discovered he had searching online for the whereabouts of CCTV cameras at her workplace in Manchester where she worked at a recruitment firm.

He also used the search terms: “When do you board a plane to Iceland” and “hacking an email” after she went to Iceland with a friend and he had further searched for information about the Essex town where her parents live.

In a statement to the court she said: ''He is jealous and he constantly restricted where I was and was checking that I wasn’t chatting with other men.  His behaviour caused me unnecessary stress as he was falsely accusing her of cheating on him and it caused unnecessary arguments.

''This behaviour started before I moved to Manchester and I hoped that by moving in with him, it would relieve his concern. But the reality is, it didn’t. My family were concerned about his behaviour towards me and they also encouraged me to separate.

''There was an appointment for us both to go to counselling together and he did attend – but then left half way through. I feel like he's completely destroyed my life. I am scared about meeting new people in case his behaviour impacts on them. I felt sorry for him but he abused his mental health problems and emotionally blackmailed me in the relationship.

''It was a huge relief when he was remanded in custody. I just wants to put the episode behind me as she always felt like I was looking over my shoulder. What happened changed me and I don't feel able to use social media and professional media in the same way in case he finds me. I will never be the same person again until I finds some sort of peace.”

At Manchester Crown Court, Blake, now of Frodsham, Cheshire admitted harassment and was jailed for 29 months. He was also banned from contacting her indefinitely under the terms of a restraining order.


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