Husband who fitted ex wife’s car with tracker given restraining order
‘He’ll stop at nothing to make my life hell’: Vengeful ex-husband who fitted wife’s car with a tracker and told her bosses she mixed with drug dealers is given 10-year restraining order
- Philip Carter bombarded teacher Caroline Perkins with threatening emails
- In one Facebook post he offered a £200 reward for information on her address
- She is so scared of sleeping at night that she keeps a knife under her pillow
- Carter pleaded guilty to stalking which caused serious alarm and distress and handed 10 year restraining order
A vengeful ex-husband fitted a tracker to his teacher ex-wife’s car and told her work she mixed with drug dealers during a four month stalking campaign.
Philip Carter, 40, bombarded Caroline Perkins with threatening emails and social media posts even after he was ordered by police not to contact her.
In one Facebook entry, Carter, from Alford, Lincolnshire, offered a £200 reward to anyone who could tell him ‘this thief’s address.’
Mother-of-one Ms Perkins, from Lincolnshire, had to move from her home in Torbay, South Devon to escape the abuse but he managed to find her again and installed a tracker device on her car.
Philip Carter (right, with the couple’s daughter) bombarded ex wife Caroline Perkins (left) with threatening emails and social media posts
She told Exeter Crown Court that she is so scared of sleeping at night that she has to keep a knife under her pillow.
The couple were married in 2013, divorced in 2016 and have a daughter who was born in 2014.
The stalking began after Ms Perkins moved to Torbay and Carter returned from working in Spain and tried to rekindle their relationship in July 2017.
He sent threatening e-mails with implied threats to her and her family in Lincolnshire, and an e-mail to her head teacher at St Cuthbert Mayne Roman Catholic and Church of England Secondary School in Torquay.
Ms Perkins (left) told Exeter Crown Court that she was so scared of sleeping at night following the stalking by her ex husband (right) that she has to sleep with a knife under her pillow
It accused her of dishonesty and of mixing with drug dealers and led to her being called in by the head to explain herself.
Carter also sent her e-mails which made it clear he was spying on her and even referred to her visiting a spa.
The performance engine technician was angry about disputes over money and access to the couple’s three-year-old daughter.
In an impact statement to Exeter Crown Court, she said: ‘He is unstoppable.
He sent an an e-mail to her head teacher at St Cuthbert Mayne Roman Catholic and Church of England Secondary School in Torquay telling them she mixed with drug dealers
‘He will stop at nothing to make my life hell. I feel he is controlling everything I do.
‘I am worried about cars following me and take different routes home. I am very careful about putting photos on social media.
‘My boss and colleagues all know. I no longer have a private life. I am a professional and it is embarrassing. Every time I open an e-mail I fear it is from him. I cannot register on the electoral roll.
‘I feel like packing my bags and running away but I can’t do so for my daughter’s sake. He is ruining my life. I cannot feel happy about anything.
‘I have never felt so low and unhappy. I am extra vigilant. I am scared of sleeping at night and I sleep with a knife under my pillow.’
Carter pleaded guilty to stalking at Exeter Crown Court and was made subject of a ten year restraining order
Carter pleaded guilty to stalking which caused serious alarm and distress.
He was jailed for nine months by Judge Simon Carr but walked free because he has been in custody since November.
He was made subject of a restraining order which bans him from contacting Ms Perkins for ten years.
It also bans contact with her parents and sisters, who live in Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire.
Judge Carr told him: ‘I hope that all you feel is shame when you read the e-mails you sent to the mother of your child. They were abusive, threatening and very frightening.
‘A feature which I cannot ignore is the fitting of a tracker on her vehicle. That was something extremely frightening for her, and for her daughter, who must have picked up on her mother’s distress.’
Mr Barry White, defending, said Carter now accepts the relationship is over and will abide by the restraining order.
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