Obsessed Virgin Media worker, 27, is spared jail
Obsessed Virgin Media worker, 27, who tracked his ex-girlfriend on iCloud, sabotaged her internet and used his work van to follow her new partner and his parents is spared jail
- Kyle Bell, 27, made mother-of-one Olivia Rowles’ life a ‘misery’ for seven months
- The stalking began when she ended their three-year relationship in August 2020
- The Virgin Media worker used his knowledge to cut off her TV and internet cable
- Bell admitted stalking involving serious alarm or distress from August 2020
- Judge handed him a 21-month jail sentence, suspended for two years
An obsessed Virgin Media worker has been spared jail and will keep his job despite launching a seven-month stalking campaign against his ex-girlfriend.
Kyle Bell, 27, from Cheadle Hulme in Stockport, Manchester, made mother-of-one Olivia Rowles’ life a ‘misery’ when she ended their three-year relationship.
During what prosecutors described as a ‘dedicated’ stalking campaign he repeatedly let down the tyres of her Peugeot 208 and kept her under surveillance.
Bell, who had a son with Miss Rowles, followed her to their child’s nursery and even hounded her friends at their homes in the middle of the night when he suspected the victim was staying with them.
One message sent to Miss Rowles read: ‘Who is it tonight then?’
Bell, who had a previous conviction for stalking another ex-girlfriend, was repeatedly arrested but continued to hound the victim.
When police examined his phone they found messages sent by Bell offering friends money for information about Miss Rowles’ movements. He also said he planned to ‘defame and harm her’.
Kyle Bell (pictured), 27, from Cheadle Hulme in Stockport, Manchester, made mother-of-one Olivia Rowles’ life a ‘misery’ when she ended their three-year relationship
Miss Rowles, also from Cheadle Hulme, revealed she had ‘experienced panic attacks’ because of the onslaught.
She added: ‘It’s massively impacted my life and I feel scared to be alone at night.
‘I am tired of living in fear. I am extremely lucky to have someone with me to keep me calm. It’s something that had a detrimental impact on my wellbeing and those around me.’
Bell admitted stalking involving serious alarm or distress between August 2020 and February this year.
A judge at Minshull Street Crown Court handed him a 21-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.
Judge Bernadette Baxter called Bell an ‘immature bully’, adding: ‘You need to learn that your actions have consequences, not just for you, but other people. You made this woman’s life a misery.
‘You followed her numerously, you hounded her friends and turned up at anti-social hours to their home and on their phone.
‘You impacted her financially, you impacted her mentally, and frankly, you impacted every aspect of her and her family’s life. The pre-sentence report shows some insight and some remorse but in many ways, you see yourself as a victim.
‘You are not a victim, you are a bully and a perpetrator, and you need to understand that.’
Miss Rowles (pictured), also from Cheadle Hulme, revealed she had ‘experienced panic attacks’ because of the onslaught
Bell was also banned from contacting Miss Rowles, who now has a new boyfriend, under the terms of an indefinite restraining order.
Bell will be kept on by his employers. His regular work route will be changed so he can avoid making contact with Miss Rowles.
The court heard the couple began dating in January 2017 but split in August 2020.
‘Whilst Ms Rowles wanted to move on with her life, Mr Bell struggled to accept it and embarked on a dedicated campaign of stalking her,’ said Ms Eleanor Gleeson, prosecuting.
‘One of Ms Rowles’ car tyre valves were cut, completely deflating the tyre. He contacted her again by text trying to persuade her to resume their relationship but she gain firmly stated she no longer wished to be with him.
‘The following day, Ms Rowles spotted Mr Bell driving down her road several times and later received a text from him as she herself was driving asking: “Who is it tonight then? Why are you in your car.”
Ms Gleeson said the message ‘upset and panicked’ Miss Rowles.
She added: ‘Whilst she could not see him, he knew she was sitting in her car. Ms Rowles tried to explain to Mr Bell how she was frightened and asked him why he was watching her but said “people” see her and tell him about it.’
Bell (pictured) admitted stalking involving serious alarm or distress between August 2020 and February this year
The court heard one of Miss Rowles’ friends was asleep at home when she was woken up at 12.30am by Bell demanding to know where his ex was.
On another night when the victim was staying over, Bell burst into the house via the back door, shouting for Miss Rowles before following her to work in his car. Police detained Bell but he was later bailed.
In November 2020, Miss Rowles began a relationship with another man and shortly afterwards found her TV and internet had stopped working.
An engineer discovered a cable leading to her home from a roadside cabinet had been pulled out.
Bell also kept the home of Mr Beckett and his parents under surveillance and would walk ‘back and forth’ down the road outside with his hood up ‘smirking.’
Ms Gleeson added: ‘The tyre valve on Ms Rowles car was cut through repeatedly. Apart from the concern as to why this was happening, this was now having an effect on other areas of Ms Rowles’ life, including a financial impact and also a knock-on effect on her job.’
In November 2020, Miss Rowles (pictured) began a relationship with another man and shortly afterwards found her TV and internet had stopped working
The court heard Bell trailed Mr Beckett’s parents in his works van and loitered outside their local Tesco Express store before he was detained again. He denied wrongdoing in a police interview.
For the defence, Rosalind Emsley-Smith said: ‘There is a short testimonial from the defendant’s employers confirming he is still employed with them.
‘They are aware of these proceedings and have been incredibly supportive of the defendant. They’ve ensured that he is working in an area that wouldn’t cause him to breach his conditions and are offering ongoing support and employment.
‘This behaviour was serious and distressing for the complainant and he reflects on that with a sense of shame and embarrassment.’
Bell must also complete a ‘Building Better Relationships’ programme and 200 hours of unpaid work and will pay £1,000 in costs.
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