Obsessed ex-husband, 35, is jailed for stalking terrified mother-of-two, 38, while she battles breast cancer after he turned up outside her home wearing balaclava
- Jamie Harrison-McDougall viciously harassed Sheena Leung during custody row
- Repeatedly turned up at her home while she was shielding and made threats
- Admitted ten charges of breaching restraining order and jailed for 15 months
An obsessed husband was today jailed for stalking a terrified mother-of-two while she battled breast cancer after he turned up outside her house wearing a balaclava.
Company director Jamie Harrison-McDougall, 35, from Eccles, near Salford, viciously harassed 38-year-old Sheena Leung during a custody battle over their two children after they broke up last year.
Harrison-McDougall, who had allegedly been unfaithful, repeatedly turned up uninvited at Miss Leung’s home and sent her nuisance calls and texts at the height of the lockdown while she was shielding.
Company director Jamie Harrison-McDougall, 35, from Eccles, near Salford, viciously harassed 38-year-old Sheena Leung during a custody battle over their two children
He also turned up outside her house in Timperley, near Altrincham, Greater Manchester, while sporting a balaclava and made menacing remarks about her boyfriend.
Last December, the advertising and SEO company boss was handed a restraining order banning him from contacting Miss Leung after he attacked her, vandalised a Mercedes belonging to Miss Leung’s sister Tina and trashed her father’s car.
But he ignored the order ten times and police arrested him in May.
Miss Leung said: ‘This has made me feel assaulted, worried, paranoid and anxious. I am looking over my shoulder and really scared of what is going to happen given the number of times he has breached the restraining order.
‘I am always looking out of the window expecting to see him or one of his friends outside. My children have noticed this and one of them has asked me ‘Why is daddy stalking us?’
Harrison-McDougall admitted ten charges of breaching a restraining order and was jailed for 15 months. He is now banned from contacting Miss Leung for life.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard the pair had been married for 16 years and had two children aged eight and ten but split up in January last year amid claims he had been unfaithful to her.
Harrison-McDougall, who had allegedly been unfaithful, repeatedly turned up uninvited at Miss Leung’s home and sent her nuisance calls and texts at the height of the lockdown
Prosecutor Rachel Widdecombe said: ‘From the beginning of the relationship he had been abusive towards her mentally and physically. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and needs chemotherapy.
‘But he was unsupportive and she also says he was cheating on her and she decided to end the relationship.
‘In December 2019 he was told not to contact her directly or indirectly and she had a Ring alarm and camera installed at her home. They then went to the family court about the children and social services became involved.’
Under a court order, Harrison-McDougall was allowed to spend two hours a week on video calls with his children at the start of the pandemic but he ‘abused’ it to try and make contact with his ex-wife.
Harrison-McDougall admitted ten charges of breaching a restraining order and was jailed for 15 months. He is now banned from contacting Miss Leung for life
Initially he sent Easter eggs and children’s clothes through the letter box in April but he began harassing Miss Leung with nuisance calls to argue about their joint assets.
On April 25 he went to her house and parked outside in a silver Mercedes with a balaclava covering his face before later leaving.
Isobel Thomas, mitigating, said: ‘He does say contact with his children was at the forefront of his mind at all times but accepts the breaches. He says he knows it was stupid behaviour and that he should not have behaved in this way.
‘He did not see his children for six months and for a long time he did as the family courts said. Some of the breaches in this case were more minor than others and some were more sinister but none involved violence or threats of violence.
‘He accepts the relationship is over and he will not contact her again upon release. He is a hardworking man working for an SEO company and has shares in two other businesses. He is a useful member of society
Judge Sophie McKone told Harrison-McDougall: ‘You began in a relatively harmless way placing Easter eggs at her door but soon after you became menacing and intimidating, telling her you knew she had a new partner and posting a picture of their car.
‘You went to her home shouting her name and one time you turned up in a balaclava to intimidate and frighten her.
‘You knew throughout that she was in the latter stages of breast cancer and you knew you would cause her distress by contacting her. That stress affects the effectiveness of her cancer treatment.’
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