A REJECTED boyfriend who mounted a 'frightening' campaign of harassment against his former partner has been ordered to do 150 hours of community service and pay her £300 in compensation.
After being dumped by his girlfriend of three years, 22-year-old Luke Edwards took revenge by smashing up her home, threatening her mother and assaulting her.
But last Friday at Isleworth Crown Court Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson told him: "Your behaviour must have been frightening. It was completely unnecessary and very unattractive.
"Your attitude to the probation officer who interviewed you doesn't fill me with any great pleasure either.You appear to want to blame somebody else for everything you did."
Edwards, of Alcott Close, Feltham, admitted harassing Jade Oram on three occasions between June 19 and August 7 last year.
In June he barged into her house and started wrecking the place. "He pulled down a curtain rail, smashed a bottle and grabbed Ms Oram by the hair and pushed her around, the whole time swearing and shouting at her," prosecutor Patrick Moran told the court.
Edwards was arrested and bailed following that incident and warned not to contact Ms Oram. But on July 21 he spotted her going to her mother's home in Feltham and stood outside shouting abuse at them before smashing a £150 window.
Two weeks later the defendant met Ms Oram in Bedfont and shouted abuse at her then punched her in the face. He claimed he was acting in self-defence.
Edwards' solicitor, Darren Flick, said the couple had lived together at her mother's home until she ended the relationship following a family holiday.
"This was a blow to the defendant," he said. "He is now very regretful and very sorry for his actions."
The judge warned Edwards he would be jailed if he broke his restraining order by attempting to contact Ms Oram or breached his community order.