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Weirdo told ex’s lawyer ‘Jimmy Savile is coming to get you’ in furious outburst

A weirdo who told his ex's solicitor: "Jimmy Savile is coming to get you" has been jailed.

Furious at the breakdown of his relationship, Gary Hockaday launched a campaign of harassment including more than 1,000 abusive emails sent to a legal professional who he tried to intimidate by turning up at her office.

The Argus reports Hockaday had also left a string of spiteful reviews of her family law business on Google.

His unnamed victim said: "I found myself having to look over my shoulder all the time, my concern is there will be no end.

"He made it clear there was a personal vendetta."

Hockaday from Hastings, East Sussex was sentenced to prison for 13 months after admitting to charges of harassment at Hove Crown Court.

Rio Pahlavanpour, prosecuting, said the threatening abuse began with family law proceedings over a joint property with his ex.

In addition to insults such as "parasite" and "Pinocchio", Hockaday bizarrely lashed out by writing in an email to the lawyer: "Jimmy Savile is coming to get you."

Mr Pahlavanpour said: "He wanted to ruin her professional reputation with references of a sexual nature and a defamatory nature."

His victim said: "His emails became increasingly aggressive, malicious and libellous.

"The emails were sent at all times of the day and night, sometimes 20 at a time. I became anxious every time I got a notification on my phone of a new email."

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Hannah Hurley, defending, said Hockaday has mental health difficulties.

But Judge Martin Huseyin rule the defendant had breached the terms of his suspended sentence.

The judge said: "There is a misogynist flavour to a significant proportion of the material in the emails.

"It had a substantial effect on the everyday life of the victim. It was not just personal intimidation, but an attempt to attack her professional life and standing.

"You have a long record of intimidating people and being violent to people.

"A number of your offences show similar features of harassment. The sanction of a suspended sentence seems not to have worked."

The judge ordered that Hockaday be put under a restraining order not to contact the solicitor and not to attend the street where she works when he is released from prison.

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