A SALISBURY man has been spared jail after numerous acts of stalking, "flagrantly ignoring" restrictions set by the courts.

Neil Andrew Barr, of London Road, indicated a plea of guilty to stalking, after causing his victim fear and making them feel violence would be used against them.

Heard by Salisbury Magistrates' Court last month, numerous messages, voicemails and videos were sent to the victim between November 11 and 29, 2021.

The 46-year-old also visited their home at a time he knew they would be present or returning from work.

Despite a non-molestation order in force, on March 18, 2022, Barr attempted to approach the victim, and on April 8 he posted comments about them on social media.

The defendant was committed to prison for 24 weeks, suspended for 24 months.

Magistrates said: "The defendant flagrantly ignored the order on two separate occasions and began a series of acts that frightened [the victim] the order was designed to protect.

"Those who behave in this way must expect to receive a custodial sentence albeit suspended on this occasion.

"The sentence on both these matters are imposed as a punishment and to send a message of general deterrent effect."

If Barr reoffends during this period he could be sent to prison.

Alongside the suspended sentence, Barr must have treatment for alcohol dependency and participate in activities and appointments as instructed by an officer.

He must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay a victim surcharge of £128 and costs of £85. A restraining order is in force until 2025.

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