Rastrick husband jailed for breaching restraining order after harassing ex-wife

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A man who repeatedly harassed his ex-wife has been jailed by a judge and told to stay out of the Brighouse and Rastrick area.

Stuart Shryane, 51, was given a two-year prison sentence for the latest breaches of an indefinite restraining order which was supposed to stop him harassing his former wife Christine.

But after hearing details of a catalogue of previous breaches over the last 10 months Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said he was going to make a new restraining order which would exclude Shryane from entering Brighouse or Rastrick in the future.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Shryane lived in a house on Clough Lane which was close to the former couple’s matrimonial home, but since the latest breaches of the restraining order in September the mother-of-two had moved to a new address.

In March Shryane was jailed for five months for breaching the order and in July he was given another chance when a judge gave his a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

But last month Shryane again banged on the windows of his ex-wife’s home in breach of the order and later that day he left an abusive message on her answer machine which was heard by police officers.

Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie said officers arrested Shryane at his home after finding him in a drunken state.

Self-employed Shryane admitted breaching the restraining order in respect of harassing his former wife and Judge Durham Hall activated the 12-month suspended sentence from July.

The judge also imposed an additional 12-months for the latest breaches.

Judge Durham Hall said Shryane’s ex-wife had moved on with her life, but the defendant had not and he had ‘worn her down’ with his behaviour towards her.

In a victim impact statement Mrs Shryane detailed how she had been made ill by the harassment.

“She has been forced to sell her house to try and get away and she says, somewhat sadly, that she knows you will always harass her and attempt to force her back into a relationship,” noted Judge Durham Hall.

“There’s something gravely wrong in your behaviour when set against the standards of truly decent people,” the judge told Shryane.

“This is such a grave offence I must exclude you from the widest geographical area that is consistent with protecting the victim. That will exclude you from entering any part of Brighouse, including Rastrick, and any constituent parts that make up Brighouse.”

The court heard that Shryane’s own home could now face a repossession order due to his prison sentence and the fact that he was already in arrears on his mortgage.

But Judge Durham Hall said he had to balance Shryane’s right to occupy his property with his behaviour towards his victim.

Shryane’s barrister Camille Morland said he was sorry, but he had struggled to accept their relationship was at an end.

Miss Morland said Shryane did now accept the relationship was over.