Yaxley man who hit ex-girlfriend and ‘drove towards her’ is handed suspended sentence

Yaxley man sentenced after harassing girlfriend. Picture: ARCHANT

Yaxley man sentenced after harassing girlfriend. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A Yaxley man who assaulted, harassed and threatened his ex-girlfriend then ‘drove his car towards her’ has been given a suspended sentence.

Christopher Searle, 34, continued to follow and contact the woman despite being served a non-molestation order.

On January 6, the victim, who is in her 20s, was taking her children to school and walking along Broadway, Yaxley, when Searle approached them.

A conversation between the pair became heated and Searle began shouting verbal abuse towards the victim.

When she tried to walk away, he ran and jumped over a wooden fence and attempted to grab one of the children, before swinging his arms and hitting the victim on the back of the neck and trying to drag her to the ground.

On January 13, a non-molestation order was handed to Searle which stipulated that he must not intimidate, harass or pester the victim or attempt to enter the school premises.

However, just two weeks after the order was imposed, Searle drove towards her causing her to freeze in panic when she left her house to cross the road to visit her mother.

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He slammed his brakes on, rolled down the window and shouted at her before driving off.

Two days later, on January 29, Searle more made attempts to speak to the woman and the children, causing her to feel threatened.

She began driving to work in Hampton when she again saw Searle parked up further down the road.

As soon as the victim drove past, he immediately began driving behind her and pulled up next to her and made rude gestures towards her.

Searle, of Old End Walk, Yaxley, was arrested on January 29 and was found guilty of breach of a non-molestation order and assault by beating.

At Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday (June 2), Searle was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

PC Holly Edwards said: “Searle was well aware of the conditions imposed upon him, but chose to ignore the restrictions on a number of occasions.

“His intimidating actions caused the victim to suffer a great deal of stress. We will continue to do all that we can to put offenders before the courts.”