A stalker who smashed up a Bucks betting shop has been given a restraining order and told to pay hundreds of pounds in compensation.

Ben Johnson, 27, of Griffin Lane, Aylesbury appeared at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on March 3, where he pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage, stalking, and using threatening words or behaviour.

On August 8, 2021, Johnson was in the Ladbrokes bookmakers in West Street, Buckingham, when he started destroying TVs and plastic Covid screens inside the shop.

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The total cost of the damage was unknown, but the magistrates fined him £80 for criminal damage.

On the same day, Johnson used threatening or abusive language or behaviour towards a victim in West Street.

The court then heard how between December 1, 2021 and January 4, 2022, Johnson stalked the same victim, giving them unwanted calls and texts and visiting their home address uninvited on multiple occasions.

After hearing the evidence, the justices gave Johnson a restraining order, preventing him from contacting his victim by any means. He was also given a prison sentence of 12 weeks suspended for 18 months.

Johnson was also ordered to pay £250 in compensation to the victim and was fined £80 for the criminal damage.

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