A 53-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for more than two years after he “'invaded” his former partner’s Golcar home and put offensive graffiti on the walls and furniture.
A judge yesterday imprisoned Lockwood man Stephen Jackson and imposed an indefinite restraining order which means he must not contact Susan Sweeney or go to her workplace.
Bradford Crown Court heard that the couple split up in around June last year, but three months later Jackson used a key he had kept to burgle his ex-partner's home while she was at work.
Judge John Potter said the complainant returned home after receiving a text to discover that her house had been attacked in “'the most dreadful way”.
The judge said offensive material had been daubed on the walls and Jackson had also taken various items of property worth about £2,000.
The court heard there had also been a degree of ransacking upstairs.
Jackson, of Lockwood Scar, also harassed the complainant by sending her a text and an email in the days after the burglary.
Judge Potter said he had no doubt that Jackson's conduct had caused significant psychological harm to the complainant and it was no explanation for him to say the offences were committed in drink.
The judge said Jackson's previous convictions, which included a harassment offence against another former partner, made the latest offending worse.
Jackson pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and harassment and was jailed for a total of 31 months.
If he breaches the restraining order he could face a jail sentence of up to five years.