Domestic abuse support worker, 47, put his ex-wife through mental torture by stalking her for two years after break up
- Lovemore Kagande, 47, stalked his ex-wife Pasture Manyonga for two years
- He called her from 13 phones and repeatedly posted notes through her letterbox
- Kagande admitted a charge of stalking at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court
- He was convicted of battery in 2006 after throwing a phone at Miss Manyonga
A support worker who put his ex-wife through ‘mental torture’ by stalking her for two years after the couple broke up has been handed a restraining order.
Lovemore Kagande, 47, called Pasture Manyonga from 13 different phones and posted notes through her letterbox six times.
Kagande, who looked after vulnerable adults and domestic violence victims, admitted a charge of stalking at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The father-of-two was previously convicted of battery in 2006 after he threw a phone at Ms Manyonga while she was pregnant.
Michael O’Kane, prosecuting, told the court that between April 2018 and April of this year, Kagande ‘refused to leave Ms Manyonga alone’.
Lovemore Kagande, 47, called Pasture Manyonga from 13 different phones and posted notes through her letterbox six times. He pleaded guilty to stalking in court yesterday
He said: ‘The victim recounts moving back to Liverpool to be near her sister and he followed her.’
Mr O’Kane said that even after she blocked his number she would continue to get messages from him saying he ‘wants to see her’.
He said: ‘When the victim didn’t answer he would turn up and has used 13 different phones to call her.’
The court heard that on one occasion Kagande turned up to a day out uninvited and followed Ms Manyonga around until she resorted to calling police when he wouldn’t leave.
In a statement the victim described the stalking as ‘mental torture’.
Kagande, who looked after vulnerable adults and domestic violence victims, admitted a charge of stalking at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday
Joseph Bleasdale, defending, described the events as a ‘very unpleasant matter’ and said Kagande ‘now completely understands the impact on the victim’.
He said: ‘He works as a support worker and has done for a considerable amount of time.’
Mr Bleasdale told the court this involves working with ‘domestic violence victims’ and ‘vulnerable adults’.
The court heard Kagande, of Netherton, Liverpool, now ‘wants to move on with his life’ following the 15-year-long relationship.
Mr Bleasdale said: ‘He completely understands the length of time and distress in this case.’
The court heard that Kagande provides child maintenance for his two children which shows his ‘determination’ in handling the situation sensibly.
Kagande was handed an 18-month community order and must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
The order imposed also meant he will have to complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £85.
A restraining order lasting two years was also imposed.
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