Man used fake personas to stalk Huntingdonshire mum
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A MAN who created a network of characters to trick a mother in to bed was jailed for stalking yesterday (June 20).
Jamie Hewett, 27, of Cotton Court, Huntingdon, used invented social media personas to befriend the woman who had rejected him in 2012.
After turning Hewett down, the victim was contacted by “Dave May” and his friends “Gary Wright” and “Timmy” via social media – all of which were Hewett – who befriended her and set about manipulating her.
Hewett managed to build up a rapport with the victim before telling her “May” had been jailed for assault and using the same persona to threaten to distribute images of her online if she did not meet Hewett and two of the other men for sex.
The woman contacted police and Hewett was arrested at an address in Huntingdon where she had arranged to meet him.
Detective Constable Andy Macdonald said: “Hewett dreamt up these personas in order to manipulate his vulnerable victim into agreeing to meet up with him.
“He orchestrated a situation where the victim was pressured into seeing him again, but thankfully she realised what he was up to and alerted police.
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“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and will prosecute anyone who stalks, harasses or intimidates others.
“This case also shows how important it is to be careful when using social media.”
Hewett pleaded guilty to stalking at Huntingdon Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 17 weeks in prison with a two-year restraining order banning him from contacting the victim and her children.