A teenager who disobeyed a court order and carried on stalking a 16-year-old girl in Halstead has been told to get over the infatuation.
Perry Moss, 18, formerly of White Horse Avenue, Halstead, pleaded guilty to a total of seven offences of breaching a restraining order over two months.
He also admitted breaching a community order imposed in January for possessing a bladed weapon while threatening the young victim in a Halstead street. All the offences happened in the town.
Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC, sitting at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, imposed a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, after hearing that Moss had spent the equivalent of a three-month sentence in jail.
He told the defendant he was being “merciful” and advised Moss to get over his infatuation.
“Forget about this girl,” he said. “I am taking a bit of a chance with you. Please do not make me a mug by repeating any of these offences. Do not bother this young lady any more.”
Prosecutor Charlotte Davidson said the community order was imposed at the crown court on January 21, along with a three-year restraining order, and the first breach was on February 22.
In a statement, the victim said: “I was scared because I did not know what he was going to do. He should not even have been in Halstead. I do not want him anywhere near me.”
In mitigation, Mark Savage said Moss accepted it was “almost quasi-stalking”.
“He realises his actions must have been frightening to anyone, let alone a 16-year-old girl,” he said. “He has served six weeks on remand and educated himself about the impact upon her.”
He added that Moss, now living in Norwich, would never harm her.