Friday, August 15, 2014

Taking harassment seriously

The local paper has a story about a man whose wife left him after he slapped her.  He then engaged in a campaign of sustained harassment, sending her dozens of texts a day, mixing threats of violence with pleas to get back together. He also kicked her door down and threatened to slit her throat.  And then sent her flowers.  It was a sinister and frightening attempt to manipulate her and he was jailed for 18 months (reduced to 16 on appeal).

So what headline did The Northern Echo go with?

Darlington 'kebab attack' man has sentence cut on appeal

Because at one point he threw a kebab at his estranged wife’s friend.  That’s the thing they focused on.  Like it’s all a bit of a laugh.

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