Stalker jailed for 6-year campaign

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A FORMER Royal Navy petty officer who has stalked a woman for six years and is said to have "destroyed" her life was jailed for four months yesterday.

It is the fourth time Anthony Burstow, 39, has been sent to prison for harassing Tracey Morgan, 30.

Burstow was jailed for three years in March 1996 after being convicted of inflicting psychological grievous bodily harm on his victim in a case that set a precedent and which played a part in the introduction of anti- stalking laws in 1997.

Magistrates at Bracknell, Berkshire, jailed Burstow yesterday for 16 weeks. He had been found guilty at an earlier hearing of harassing Ms Morgan. The bench also banned him from entering Berkshire, where his victim lives, or from communicating with Ms Morgan, her family or friends. The court was told he had continued his stalking campaign against her after being released from prison on licence in June 1997.

In January last year, Burstow sent Ms Morgan a birthday card, and parked his car near her home in Crowthorne, breaking the conditions of his parole. Previously he had bombarded her with telephone calls and letters, broken into her home, stolen her underwear and followed her.

Outside the court, Ms Morgan said: "Justice has been done today but ... I just feel there are so many loopholes in the legal system that need to be addressed and highlighted."