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Man jailed after attack was recorded by video doorbell

A man whose attack on one of his victims was recorded by a video doorbell has been jailed for more than four years.

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Darren Parsons

Darren John Henry Parsons pleaded guilty to stalking and assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court.

The 45-year-old, of Streets Lane, Cheslyn Hay, was sentenced in relation to separate incidents.

Last September Parsons assaulted a man in the village which was captured on a video doorbell. He grabbed the victim by the throat, punched him and broke his elbow during the incident.

Four years earlier, in 2019, he installed a tracking device on a woman's car and monitored her movements including following her on holiday with her family, and on another occasion when she was on a break with friends.

He sent multiple messages to her and her friend suggesting they were being watched, and followed and damaged her brother’s car.

Parsons was jailed for four years and seven months, for his crimes.

Pc Joanne Graham, of Lichfield’s Harm Reduction Hub, said: “The impact of Parson’s actions has been immense, causing the [stalking] victim to live in constant fear that she was being watched. The emotional distress caused by stalking cannot be underestimated.

“Thankfully, he has now been held accountable for his actions.”

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