- John Patrick Doherty, 48, breached his restraining order for the 14th time
- He posted a Valentine's card and gift through his ex-girlfriend's letterbox
- It came weeks after he was released from prison for breaking same order
- Doherty was jailed for 18 months. The restraining order lasts indefinitely
John Patrick Doherty, 48, admitted two breaches of a restraining order and was jailed for 18 months
A jilted lover has been jailed for posting a Valentine's card and gift through his ex-girlfriend's letterbox - because it was the 14th time he had showed blatant disregard for his restraining order.
The incident came just weeks after John Patrick Doherty, 48, was released from prison for breaking the same court order, which was issued after he assaulted his then girlfriend.
The order banned him from having any contact with his ex - which he repeatedly defied to try and get back with her.
Doherty had showered her with messages proclaiming his love and saying he wanted to get back together - but the woman, not named, was left in fear of him approaching her house in York to the point where she became ill and needed medication.
The Recorder of York, Stephen Ashurst, told Doherty: 'The only practical way of putting a barrier between you is for you to remain in custody for a significant period of time.
'I take the view if I don't lock you up today, I would simply be letting down the victim of your harassment.'
Doherty appeared in York Crown Court admitting two breaches of a restraining order and was jailed for 18 months. The restraining order lasts indefinitely.
Victoria Hood, prosecuting, said Doherty already had 13 previous convictions for breaching his restraining order and three for assaulting his ex-girlfriend when he went to her home and put the card, some money and a CD through her letterbox last February.
In the days that followed he repeatedly texted her saying he loved her and wanted to meet up.
The court heard she repeatedly told him to leave her alone and get out of her life - a warning which he ignored.
Laura Addy, for Doherty, said the breaches were 'relatively low-level' despite his track record, and that he said he now wanted to stay away from his ex.
She said banning Doherty from York would help him in avoiding contact with his ex.
The jilted lover (pictured) had posted a Valentine's card through his ex-girlfriend's letterbox just weeks after he had been released from prison for breaking a restraining order, issued after he assaulted his then girlfriend